When you got pregnant, you probably envisioned a labor and delivery right from the textbooks. Unfortunately, when it came time to deliver your new bundle of joy, your doctor said you needed a C-section.
Even though the medical community considers this a safe procedure, it is still a major surgery. Any number of things can go wrong, and you or your baby will be the one to suffer for it.
Some of the complications you could experience
Below are some of the more common complications of a C-section that could wreak havoc on your health now and possibly well into the future:
- The medical industry considers infection the largest risk a mother faces during this procedure. If doctors fail to catch the infection early enough, it could turn into sepsis, which is a life-threatening condition that could have lifelong ramifications to your health.
- You could experience twice the amount of blood loss when compared to a vaginal delivery.
- In addition to the normal blood loss, something could go wrong and you could suffer a postpartum hemorrhage. This could occur if the doctor cuts an organ, fails to properly suture your blood vessels or misses something else during the procedure.
- If the cut made to remove your baby isn’t large enough, arteries around the normal incision site could tear, causing excessive and possibly life-threatening bleeding.
- If something happens during the procedure, your doctor may have to give you a hysterectomy in order to save your life. However, it’s possible you wouldn’t have needed this done but for a mistake on the part of your doctor.
- You could form one or more blood clots that could dislodge and travel to your heart, lungs or brain in addition to other parts of your body.
- You could experience an adverse reaction to latex, a medication or the anesthesia.
Even though it doesn’t happen as often as other complications, you could lose your life. The longer that medical personnel fail to identify a problem, the worse off your condition could get if you suffer one or more of the aforementioned complications.
Some of the complications your baby could experience
Even though the majority of the complications from the surgery affect you, your baby could also suffer harm from the following:
- A nick or cut from a surgical tool
- A significant and dangerous drop in your baby’s APGAR scores
- Breathing problems
Furthermore, mistakes regarding gestational age could mean a premature birth for your child, or your baby could suffer in utero complications that require an emergency C-section preterm.
Many babies recover from these complications with no lasting effects, but there is no guarantee. If you or your baby suffer serious harm and/or complications that could last for the rest of your or your baby’s life, it may be due to medical malpractice. If you suspect you and your child did not receive the level of care you deserved, you could benefit from a complete case evaluation by a California attorney experienced in this area of law.