Cesarean deliveries, or C-sections, are among the most common surgical procedures performed in the United States. Nearly one in three babies is delivered via cesarean. But even though C-sections are incredibly common, they’re still a major abdominal surgery. In part one of a two-episode series, Dr. Ryan McDonald walks us through what happens during a cesarean delivery, potential risks or complications, and how he helps patients prepare for the possibility they might need a C-section. Dr. McDonald is an ob-gyn and assistant professor in the UW-Madison Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
On the next episode, Dr. McDonald will be back to talk about recovering from C-section, how it can affect breastfeeding, and special considerations for future pregnancies after cesarean.