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Incision - C-section
After the anesthesia takes effect, the surgeon makes an abdominal incision. In non-emergency c-sections, the surgeon usually makes a horizontal incision (a bikini cut) across the abdomen, just above the pubic area. In an emergency situation, the surgeon may prefer a vertical cut, from below the navel to just above the pubic area. A vertical cut allows quicker access to the baby.
Review Date: June 29, 2001
Reviewed By: Peter Chen, M.D., Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of
Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare
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