C Section Procedure


A c-section procedure is undertaken under a regional anesthetic, which numbs the bottom half of the body, which means the patient can be awake throughout the operation.

This is because it’s much safer for both mom and baby than when the more deeper general anesthetic is used.

When it’s time to start you’ll have the anesthetic injected in to your spine. This is called an epidural and this is something that many women will elect to numb the pain regardless of whether it is a c-section procedure or not.

You will also be given the opportunity to have a pain relieving injection to help with your post c section incision pain relief.

The early part of the c-section procedure is to have a catheter inserted in to your bladder in order to empty it fully. The reason for this is that after you’ve had the anaesthetic, you won’t be able to feel if it needs to be emptied or not.

The entire c-section procedure usually takes approximately 30 – 45 minutes to complete, however if it’s an emergency operation it can be done in under 30 minutes.

Throughout the procedure staff will place a screen in front of your stomach so you can’t see what’s happening, although you are permitted to request it’s removal if you wish.

Also the operating table used will have a tilt on it in order to reduce the chances of from low blood pressure. Doing this also tends to eliminate any sickly feelings you may have because it reduces any pressure on the tummy area.

The incision itself is ideally done in a horizontal line over the lower abdomen, which you’ll notice sits at the knicker line. This enables the wall of the womb to be then cut through and the baby safely removed out of the opening.

Although this doesn’t happen regularly, there is the possibility that your baby’s skin may be cut during the c-section procedure, but if this does happen, this is only a superficial mark and will heal very quickly. This only affects 2 out of every 100 babies that are delivered this way.

Following the removal of the baby, the wall of the womb is stitched back together using dissolvable suture and the abdominal wall repaired in a similar way or using staples.

The last part of the c-section procedure is the prescription of antibiotics followed by a Oxytocin hormone injection, to help slow down blood loss and the return to normal size of the womb.

After the delivery, you’ll usually be able to hold your baby and very soon you’ll be taking her home and the thoughts of the c-section procedure will be very much put to the back of your mind.

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