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Unnecessary C-sections raise the risk of complications

On Behalf of | Mar 27, 2024 | Medical Malpractice |

Unnecessary Cesarean sections have become more common in childbirth, despite their association with higher risks of complications. C-sections are sometimes necessary and can be life-saving in certain situations.

However, their overuse can lead to avoidable health issues.

Increased risk of surgical complications

Unnecessary C-sections create a heightened potential for surgical complications. C-sections are major abdominal surgeries that carry inherent risks. Some of these risks include infection, blood loss and blood clots. When surgeons perform them without medical necessity, the likelihood of these complications increases.

Longer recover times

Compared to vaginal deliveries, C-sections often involve longer recovery periods. The recovery process after a C-section can be more challenging and uncomfortable. It may also warrant extended hospital stays and limited mobility during the postpartum period. Unnecessary C-sections prolong this recovery time. This impacts a mothers’ ability to care for herself and her newborn during an important period.

Impacts on future pregnancies

Unnecessary C-sections can also have implications for future pregnancies and deliveries. Multiple C-sections may increase the risk of complications in future pregnancies. For example, placenta previa, uterine rupture and abnormal placental attachment can all result. Additionally, mothers who undergo unnecessary C-sections may experience psychological and emotional distress. This can impact their mental health and well-being in future pregnancies.

Per Scientific American, research shows that C-section rates beyond 19% do not improve outcomes for mothers and babies. However, about 32% of babies born in the United States undergo delivery via C-section. This means there are about 500,000 unnecessary C-sections performed each year. Health care providers must evaluate the medical necessity of C-sections and consider associated risks when making decisions about childbirth.