Risks associated with unnecessary Cesarean sections

Nowadays, one out of every three babies born across California and the United States undergoes a Cesarean section delivery, making it the most common surgery currently performed in the country. Most women prefer to deliver their babies vaginally, however, and C-sections also bring with them certain risks that can affect both mother and baby. At Kampf, Schiavone & Associates, we understand that C-sections that are not medically unnecessary expose you to potential harm, and we have helped many women and families who suffered hardship following this type of delivery pursue appropriate recourse.

According to Consumer Reports, C-sections, when necessary, can help physicians work around potential birthing hazards, such as a mother’s dangerous health condition, but when doctors perform them and they are not medically necessary, they can cause more harm than good. In fact, some estimate that medically unnecessary C-sections are responsible for causing as many as 20,000 sizable surgical complications every year, calling into question whether some doctors or hospitals prefer performing C-sections because they make them more money.

What types of complications might you expect, should you undergo a medically unnecessary C-section? Complications can vary broadly from person to person and facility to facility, but common complications include sepsis, hemorrhage and damage to a mother’s internal organs, among others.

Furthermore, if you have a low-risk first-time pregnancy and your doctor performs a C-section anyway, you become three times more likely to experience serious complications, such as heart attacks, blood clots or significant infections. You also become three times more likely to die during the procedure. You can learn more about medical malpractice by exploring our webpage.

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