A Caesarean is an operation where a transverse incision (a cut) is made through the abdomen and uterus to deliver the baby. A caesarean is also called a C-section, LSCS or just a section. Caesarean sections are in some cases performed for reasons other than medical necessity. Caesarean sections are performed in the absence of obstetrical or on the patient’s request. The mother usually takes the final call whether to go through this procedure or not.
The final decision may vary based on doctor-centric reasons and mother-centric reasons. This is a preferred procedure by the mother and sometimes the doctor because it is quick Caesarean is more convenient for an obstetrician than a lengthy vaginal birth, or because it is easier to perform surgery at a scheduled time than to respond to nature’s schedule and deliver a baby at an hour that is not predetermined.
In a planned caesarean you are well informed about the need for C-section or an alternate way if available. This surgery is performed only after 38 weeks of pregnancy, or only under certain medical concern regarding you and your baby’s health.
It is when you can no longer wait for your baby to be born due to some emergency condition, whose delay may risk you or the baby’s life. To avoid any health risk to both emergency caesarean is done.
Fasting time of 2 hours is recommended before the surgery for liquid consumption and 6 hours from a light meal and minimum of 8 hours of the gap from a regular meal but in most cases, 12 hours of fasting is required before surgery.
Caesarean Section at the hospital
Caesarea section cannot be performed at any birthing hospital. It can only be done at a Hospital equipped with OCCU (Obstetric Critical Care Unit) and NICU (Neonatal Care Unit), fully equipped Operation Theatre, Pathology, USG, pharmacy with a dedicated team of experts is required. Currae hospital has experienced Obstetricians, Neonatologists, Anaesthetists, Pain Specialist is required to be present round the clock to manage each caesarean delivery.
After Caesarean Section
You may be unable to hold your baby for a while after the operation due to numbness and weakness due to CS. You may get your partner with you to help you move you and your baby around, though hospital staff will be there to help you.
You may be required to stay away from your baby if you have a general anaesthesia for a short while for yours and baby’s own good. You will be told when it is safe for you to hold your baby after your operation so that both of you are free from any infection that may cause harm to you or your baby.
You baby will be weighed and measured around you. You may require help from your partner or midwife to help you move around with your baby and breastfeed. You may be taken to the examination room for a routine checkup.
You may be feeling tender and sore and bleeding from your vagina for some time, which may stop after some time. You will need support post operation for your shower and get out of bed.
You will have to keep moving your legs and body, start breathing heavy and cough to keep your body active. A physiotherapist may also help you with some exercises for your body
Remember you have just had a big operation, so don’t overdo any activity that may strain your body. The catheter will be removed as soon as possible or until you are able to pass urine. you may resume drinking fluids as soon as you are out of the operation theatre.
You can resume eating as soon as you have passed wind from your stomach, this means you are ready to start eating small meals soon and avoid wind pains later. The area operated will be well covered with dressing over the stitched and staples which may be removed after a week. Some stitches dissolve and hence need no removal.
Ready to Go Home
You and your baby will be able to go home once you are able to care for your baby independently, which usually takes around less than a week after the operation. In most cases, you will need enough time to recover as caesarean is a major operation.
You may feel tired or lazy and sometimes moody after to go back home from the hospital after a long time of rest. You may spend most of your time looking after and getting to know your baby and recovering from your operation. It will be of great help if your partner, parent or friend can stay with you and help out with the chores while you rest and look after the baby for a week or so.
CAESAREAN SECTION FAQs
What happens during a C section?
C section is the operative way of delivering a baby when for some reason, either maternal or fetal, the baby cannot be delivered naturally, the option of C section is taken by the obstetrician. In this procedure, the patient is administered regional anesthesia whereby the lower abdomen and the legs of the pregnant lady are anesthetized. A small cut of about 10 cm is made on the lower abdomen and on the uterus and the baby along with placenta is delivered. The incision is sutured immediately after the delivery. At Currae Gynaec IVF and Birthing Hospital , Opposite to Suraj Water Park , Ghod Bunder Road, Thane, we take pride to state that our technique of doing C section does not require removal of suture as a mandate. In about 95% cases, we can use our technique so that C section is painless and suture removal is not required. We also ensure that the mother is discharged on day 3 or 4 .
Is cesarean painful?
No. In this procedure, the patient is administered regional anesthesia whereby the lower abdomen and the legs of the pregnant lady are anesthetized. A small cut of about 10 cm is made on the lower abdomen and on the uterus and the baby along with placenta is delivered. The incision is sutured immediately after the delivery. At Currae Gynaec IVF and Birthing Hospital , Opposite to Suraj Water Park , Ghod Bunder Road, Thane, we take pride to state that our technique of doing C section does not require removal of suture as a mandate. In about 95% cases, we can use our technique so that C section is painless and suture removal is not required. We also ensure that the mother is discharged on day 3 or 4 . However post operatively, all patients experience mild pain or discomfort which is natural and is a normal way to heal. We at Currae, ensure delivery of best analgesics and pain killars so that the new mother can enjoy her post partum motherhood without any apprehension of fear of pain.
How long does the pain last after C section?
Mild pain is experienced usually around 3 to 4 days after C section which is normal. We at Currae, ensure delivery of best analgesics and pain killars so that the new mother can enjoy her post partum motherhood without any apprehension of fear of pain.
Can you die from a C section?
The National and International statistical datasuggest that there is 1 to 1.5% mortality and 9 to 10% morbidity rate during delivery whether a C section or normal delivery. The most common reason of mortality is
1. Excessive Bleeding or PPH
2. Embolism : Amniotic fluid or Thromboembolosm
4. Death caused by systemic problems other than Obstretics, e.g. Chronic Kidney disease or heart Disease.
Is C section specialist doctor or hospital available in Thane?
Yes. Currae Gynaec IVF and Birthing Hospital , Opposite to Suraj Water Park , Ghod Bunder Road, Thane is the best hospital which caters to all required specialties associated with child birth. We have round a clock pathology, radiology , ICCU , NICU and a special unit OCCU which take care of all our would be and delivered mothers. We ensure a proper care through well experienced doctors.