What steps are performed in a cesarean delivery (C-section)?

Updated: Dec 14, 2018
  • Author: Hedwige Saint Louis, MD, MPH, FACOG; Chief Editor: Christine Isaacs, MD  more...
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The technique for cesarean delivery includes the following:

  • Laparotomy via midline infraumbilical, vertical, or transverse (eg, Pfannenstiel, Mayland, Joel Cohen) incision

  • Hysterotomy via a transverse (Monroe-Kerr) or vertical (eg, Kronig, DeLee) incision

  • Fetal delivery

  • Uterine repair

  • Closure
  • If patient has been counseled and consented prior to the procedure, an IUD can be placed prior to the repair of the hysterotomy or a Levonorgestrel subdermal implant can be placed in the patient's arm at this time [15]

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