If you have to have surgery while you’re pregnant, it’s important
to know that your surgeon has taken your pregnancy into consideration.
There are many times when surgeries can wait, and there are others where
surgery may not be indicated until a certain time in your pregnancy.
Even though there are some dangers to mothers and their children, non-obstetric
surgeries are common; they take place in around 1.5 to 2 percent of all
pregnancies, affecting over 75,000 women a year in the United States.
An obstetrician needs to be well-informed on the influence of surgical
disorders during a pregnancy, the risk of both diagnostic and therapeutic
procedures and how to manage preterm labor if it takes place post-operatively.
There are some indications that you should receive non-obstetric surgery,
but this is usually when your life is at risk or your unborn child could
be put at risk because of your condition. For instance, if you have an
aortic aneurysm, appendicitis, or a rupture of your spleen, these are
emergencies for which you will need to receive treatment.
Before you have surgery, your doctor should look at your fetus and your
health to determine the risk of anesthesia, the potential for preterm
delivery and how the drugs you have to take could affect your unborn child.
New lab work should be taken, because your blood work changes during pregnancy
and needs to be accounted for during surgery.
If you have been hurt because of a surgery you shouldn’t have received,
you could be able to file a claim for compensation. Our website has more
birth injuries and what to do if you or your child has been hurt.