The Implications and Complications of Post Cesarean Section Uterine Infections
If asked what the most common surgeries scheduled throughout the nation are, many may answer that heart, back, hip, or knee surgerys top the list, but in all actuality, it is cesarean births. In fact, Consumer Reports estimates that the national rate of cesarean sections across the country weighs in at 23.9 percent with many states, including California, measuring at 26 percent or above. That means roughly one of every three live babies born in the United States is delivered by cesarean section, or about 1.3 million children each year.
The possible complications of combining a delivery and surgical procedure are high, not only during, but also following the birth - so much so that the federal government established the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act) of 1996. The Newborns’ Act prohibited the restriction of both mother and child from hospital services. These services extend to in-hospital benefits for 48 hours for a vaginal birth and 96 hours for cesarean birth.
By establishing these guidelines, the Act provides for decreasing post-delivery complications, and perhaps even lessens the risk of hospital or physician medical malpractice claims that may arise out early release. Physicians are better able to monitor mothers and their babies for longer periods of time, reducing the risk that signs of possible complications will go unnoticed. These risks are present for both mother and baby, which is why the imposed 96-hour hospital stay post cesarean births remains a viable requirement.Common and Possible Complications of Cesarean Birth
The Mayo Clinic cites numerous complications that may arise post cesarean birth, such as blood clots, decreased bowel function and/or respiratory issues but infection remains the number one complication. Often the membrane lining of the uterus has become inflamed and infected. This condition is better known as endometritis. It can cause high fevers, chills and back and uterine pain. If left undiagnosed, this infection can increase the mother’s risk or urinary tract infections of both the bladder and the kidneys and often also presents around the incision. If this occurs, the wound may reopen and release the toxins causing even more discomfort and possible tissue damage.
Although the U.S. turns to using cesarean sections at a higher rate than medically necessary, maintaining the health of both the mother and infant following the operation and birth is essential.Cesarean Birth Malpractice? Our Medical Malpractice Lawyers Can Help
If you recently delivered your child via a C-section and developed serious complications or uterine infection and believe that you were released before the
situation was properly assessed, the experienced San Jose medical malpractice attorneys of Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard, L.L.P. would like to address not only your concerns but discuss the possible legal ramifications and your options. Contact our firm today at (408) 289-1417 to schedule your no-charge consultation.Sources