Re-laparotomy after cesarean section

Samuel Lurie*, Oscar Sadan, Abraham Golan

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Abstract

Objective: To assess the rate, indications, and outcome of re-laparotomy after cesarean section in the early postoperative period. Design: A retrospective observational study during a 121-month period. Setting: A tertiary care university center. Population: A cohort of 3380 women who underwent cesarean section out of 18,609 parturients. Main outcome measures: Incidence of re-laparotomy after cesarean section in the early postoperative period. Results: The incidence of re-laparotomy after cesarean section was 0.53% (18/3380). Of these 18 women, 12 (66%) were operated for hemorrhage, 3 (17%) for eventration, and 3 (17%) for formation of intra-abdominal abscess. Hysterectomy was required in one case (5.5%). We had no maternal mortalities. Conclusion: Although the incidence of re-laparotomy after cesarean in the early postoperative period is low and the outcome is favorable, several measures must be undertaken to reduce the need for re-laparotomy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)184-187
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
Volume134
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2007

Keywords

  • Cesarean section
  • Re-laparotomy
  • Surgery complications

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