In the United States, about 2 out of every 10 babies are delivered by cesarean section ("C-section"). As with any surgery, complications are possible with this procedure. Possibilities include infections, blood clots, and blood vessel damage. Such problems are more likely if a woman has diabetes, hepatitis, or sexually transmitted diseases, among other things; however, a C-section is typically a safe procedure.
If there is a complication during or after your C-section, you may need to stay in the hospital longer than planned. Depending on the complication, a blood transfusion or another surgery, such as a hysterectomy, may also be required.
(Click Cesarean Complications to learn more about the problems that can occur as a result of this procedure.)