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Answers To Common Questions About C-Section Infection


Whether the procedure was planned in advance or ordered by an OB-GYN during labor, data reveals that approximately one-third of babies in the US are born via Cesarean section. Statistics on birth by C-section also show that these rates are declining, especially among women who were at low risk of developing complications. The general view among health care providers is that C-sections are unnecessary in many cases, and there are reasons to avoid them when safe for mother and infant. A C-section is an invasive surgery that increases the risk of short- and long-term complications as compared to vaginal delivery.

One of the most disturbing health threats is developing infection after a C-section, a possibility that is quite real with any medical procedure. It is reassuring to know that the baby is usually not affected, but you could remain hospitalized and suffer serious harm. It is wise to discuss legal options with a Tampa medical malpractice lawyer under the circumstances, since you may have grounds to file a medical malpractice claim. Some answers to common questions about these cases may be informative. 

What are some symptoms of C-section infection? It is critical to address any infection right away and, fortunately, the signs are easy to spot after you underwent C-section. You should be concerned about:

  • Increasing pain;
  • Fluid and pus oozing from the incision;
  • Foul-smelling discharge;
  • Fever and chills;
  • Hypertension; and
  • Cloudy urine. 

Could I suffer infection at the hospital? Though you could suffer complications if you try to push your recovery from a C-section, the most likely source of infection is the hospital. In this context, a healthcare acquired infection (HAI) is typically bacterial and stems from the surgical site. Infection is often the result of:

  • Not following protocols on handwashing;
  • Failure to properly clean instruments used during the surgery;
  • Negligence with inserting and removing a catheter;
  • Not monitoring the mother’s condition and spotting the signs of infection after the C-section.

Is an infection considered medical malpractice? Hospitals that do not practice proper sanitation measures could be liable under Florida medical malpractice laws. A specific physician, such as your OB-GYN, might also be accountable. Health care providers are held to a certain standard of care, which is measured by what another practitioner would have done under the same circumstances. Acts that deviate from the medical standard of care could be the basis for a medical negligence case. 

What should I do about a C-section infection? The first priority is getting proper medical care, since an infection could lead to sepsis, a life-threatening condition caused by the human body’s extreme response to a contaminant. Your next step should be contacting a lawyer to discuss your rights, since you may be entitled to compensation for the losses you sustain. 

A Hillsborough County Birth Injuries Attorney Can Provide Details 

For additional answers to FAQs about C-section infection, please contact Greco & Wozniak P.A. to set up a no-cost case review with a member of our team. You can call 813.223.7849 or go online to reach our offices in Tampa, FL.

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