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Caesarean section

A caesarean section is an operation to deliver a baby. It involves making a cut in the front wall of a woman’s tummy (abdomen) and womb.
Why a caesarean section is necessary
A caesarean section is usually performed when a normal vaginal birth could put you or your unborn baby at risk.
How a caesarean section is performed
Your caesarean section will usually be performed under a regional anaesthetic (epidural or spinal anaesthetic). This numbs the lower part of your body, but means you will be awake during your operation.
Recovery from a caesarean section
It takes longer to recover from a caesarean section than it does after a vaginal delivery. You should be able to get out of bed fairly soon after the operation, and your wound dressing may be removed after 24 hours.
Risks of a caesarean section
Although it is a common procedure, a caesarean section is still major abdominal surgery and, like any operation, carries a certain amount of risk.
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