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A Caesarean section (C-section) is a common surgical procedure performed to deliver a baby when vaginal delivery is not feasible or carries significant risk to the mother and/or baby’s wellbeing
While C-sections are generally considered safe, they do carry some risks, including the potential for bowel injuries. In this article, we’ll explore the symptoms of bowel problems after a C-section, their prevalence, and the recovery process. Additionally, we’ll discuss making a medical negligence claim related to C-sections with Blackwater Law.
After a C-section, it’s crucial to be aware of potential bowel injury symptoms, as early recognition can allow for prompt medical intervention. Some common symptoms include:
Yes, bowel problems can occur after a C-section, though they are rare. During the surgery, the surgeon may accidentally nick or damage the bowel, leading to complications. Additionally, adhesions (scar tissue) that form after the procedure can sometimes cause bowel obstructions or other issues in the long term.
Bowel injuries during a C-section are uncommon, but they can happen. One US study from 2022 showed bowel injuries occurring in seven out of 6201 caesarean section procedures. Another case report from a hospital in Yemen recorded an incident rate of between 0.08% and 0.54%.
While the risk is relatively low, it’s essential for medical professionals to exercise the utmost care during the procedure to minimise the risk of complications.
The recovery timeline for bowel function after a C-section varies from person to person. In most cases, normal bowel function should return within a few days to a week after the surgery. However, some individuals may experience temporary changes in bowel habits due to the surgical and healing process.
If you believe you or a loved one have experienced medical negligence related to a C-section, you may be entitled to compensation. Blackwater Law is a leading law firm specialising in medical negligence and C-section claims.
To initiate a claim, you should follow these steps:
Blackwater Law successfully represented the family of baby Blake in making a midwife negligence claim after the community midwife failed to notice a severe medical abnormality.