About C-section Surgery

A cesarean section is considered major surgery and requires anesthesia. As with any surgical procedure, there is some risk of complications. These include blood loss, damage to internal organs, and infection. If you and your provider decide a cesarean section is necessary, he or she will discuss these risks with you. In addition, an anesthesiologist will review different types of anesthesia with you.

Depending on how quickly the cesarean section has to be performed, you will be given a spinal, an epidural, or general anesthesia. If you have spinal or epidural anesthesia, your partner may be present for the birth in the operating room. If you have general anesthesia, your support person will have to wait in the recovery room.