Cesarean Section: Length of Procedure

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When a cesarean section is performed, an incision is made in the abdominal wall and the uterus. Over the past 30 years, the number of these surgeries has risen and it is now estimated that nearly 30% of babies are born through a cesarean section. This calculates to mean one out of every four women will likely have a cesarean section.

The surgery consists of the surgery itself, plus the prep work leading up to the surgery. Women are given anesthetic, usually the type that will numb the area below the waist. A catheter will be used during the surgery as well.

When-a-cesarean-section-is-performed-an-incision-is-made-in-the-abdominal-wall-and-the-uterusFor the most part, women can expect the procedure itself to last about 45 minutes. The baby will be born in the first 5 to 15 minutes and the remainder of the time will be spent closing up the incision. After the surgery is completed, the mother will likely be in recovery for an extended period of time.

During the recovery process, it is becoming more and more popular for the baby to join the mother in the recovery room. This helps to increase the time that the mother has to build a strong bond with her baby. If there are any complications, the baby and the mother will be monitored for longer than this period.

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