What are some of the risks involved in a cesarean section delivery?

Like any surgery, a cesarean section involves some risks. These might include:

  • Infection.
  • Loss of blood.
  • A blood clot that may break off and enter the bloodstream (embolism).
  • Injury to the bowel or bladder.
  • A cut that might weaken the uterine wall.
  • Abnormalities of the placenta in subsequent pregnancies.
  • Risks from general anesthesia.
  • Fetal injury.

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