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Is a c-section intense abdominal surgery?

I am a 26 year old pregnant female. I am considering having a c-section but worried about the recovery.

6 Answers

C. Section is major abdominal surgery and should be considered for medical reasons only.
Recovery is longer than a vaginal delivery. A healthy baby is more important than the route of delivery.
A cesarean delivery is major surgery. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology does not recommend elective cesarean delivery. There are circumstances when cesarean is necessary to ensure a healthy baby and healthy mother.
I wish you the best of luck.
A C-section is major abdominal surgery and as such there is surgical risk. Additionally, it can lead to higher risks for future deliveries or higher risks for future surgery including repeat C-sections due to build up of scar tissue. However, there are circumstances when C-section is the safest option for either the baby, mom, or both. It’s best to discuss with your ob physician to determine what the best route of delivery is for you.

It is considered major surgery and the recovery is about 4 weeks.
Yes, it is. However, depending on how difficult your vaginal delivery is, it can be an easier or more difficult recovery. I always tell my patients: "The best case scenario in terms of recovery is an easy vaginal delivery and the worst case scenario is a hard vaginal delivery and a Cesarean Section is in the middle. The first week sucks, however, after that it gets drastically more improved."
I hope this helps.

Joseph A. Adashek, MD FACOG