Bowel Injury After C-Section
In rare cases, bowel injury after a c-section may occur. A few types of bowel injuries that can happen during this procedure include burns or perforation injuries. Usually, these injuries can be treated fairly easily; however, if the bowel injury after a c-section is serious, other surgical procedures may be required.
The bowels are also called your intestines. They begin at the bottom of the stomach and end at the anus. Their function is to break down food and absorb certain nutrients and water. They also contract and relax to push waste material toward the anus for excretion.
Since they are near the area where a c-section is done, it is possible for them to be damaged during the operation; however, this rarely happens.
Injuries of the bowel are of two main types:
- Perforation injuries
A perforation injury means that there is a hole in the bowel. These holes are usually stitched closed during the surgery. But perforation injuries may also occur as a result of adhesions from previous pelvic or abdominal surgery or previous abdominal infections.
If a perforation does happen, it is possible to develop a serious infection of the lining of the abdomen, called peritonitis, which may require a longer hospital stay, IV antibiotics, and possibly a repeat surgery.
Although also rare, a burn injury to the bowel can occur from the instruments used during the c-section. Both perforation and burn injuries may require additional surgery, as well as extended observation in the hospital.
In rare cases, the damaged bowel may need to be removed, other surgical procedures may be required, and you may need a temporary or permanent colostomy.