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C-Section Complications & Statistics

Michael Becker

The Cesarean section has fast become one of the most common surgical procedures performed in the U.S. Many mothers plan on the procedure prior to going into labor, either because of a doctor’s suggestion or due to personal reasons. In many deliveries, C-sections are also necessary in emergency cases where the health of the mother and/or child is at risk.

While the C-section procedure has saved countless lives, it still carries major risks as with any type of surgical procedure. Health experts estimate that nearly 1 in 3 births in the U.S. are performed via C-section and many experts worry that it is being performed unnecessarily in many cases.

The World Health Organization asserts that no country should have a C-section rate any higher than 10%-15%, yet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a 31.8% rate in 2007 for the U.S. This rate may have even increased to 32.3% in 2008, though that is a preliminary figure.

C-section procedures often cause more chances of hemorrhage than vaginal birth, which may result in the need for a blood transfusion. There is also an increased risk to surrounding organs, such as injury to the bowel or bladder, which surround the uterus.

If you were persuaded into a C-section procedure prior to labor and sustained complications from your C-section that brought injury to either you or your child, you may need to have your situation reviewed by another expert. A Cleveland birth injury attorney can help review your case of potential medical negligence and connect with experts who can determine if the procedure was necessary.

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