How long does a Cesarean section last?

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    Out of curiousity, I want to know how long does a Cesarean section performed in the US? (I mean from the time the patient is wheeled-in to the OR until she's wheeled-out). And what kind of anesthesia is usually used? I had the chance to observe a C-section performed in a third-world country and I was told by somebody that it is a very different approach in the US.
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    I have had 2 C-sections that were both problem free and I would say it took anywhere from 45 min - 1 hour. There's some prep that happens before you head into the OR but that's just basic things - assessment of mother and baby, starting a line, fluids, consents, etc. Obviously these weren't emergency C-sections so I'm not sure how the time line goes in that situation.
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    45 to 1 hour. I have a change to observe one in our maternity clinical. After the anesthisia, the doctors clean the belly and locate the uterus- cut and bring the baby out, take the placenta out clean up, surture the cut-this took a lot of time... counting of the stuff used... thats it...
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    45min to1 hr, anesthesia is usually spinal tap or sometimes epidural.
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    If there has been a prior C Section or other abdominal surgeries, the scar tissue and adhesions can slow things down considerably, but it is a fairly quick surgery.
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    mine took 45 minutes, with twins.
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    Depends on if there are previous scars, adhesions as someone else mentioned. I agree with the 45 minute to one hour. I have mainly seen spinals, though epidurals are sometimes used if they are already in place. General is used for emergencies if no epidural in place.

    I have worked at teaching hospitals and the c-sections take considerably longer there as they are inexperienced surgeons learning.
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    Oh, I meant to ask the OP to tell us about third-world c-sections. I am curious.
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    Quote from caringnursenj
    Out of curiousity, I want to know how long does a Cesarean section performed in the US? (I mean from the time the patient is wheeled-in to the OR until she's wheeled-out). And what kind of anesthesia is usually used? I had the chance to observe a C-section performed in a third-world country and I was told by somebody that it is a very different approach in the US.
    The duration of a C-section is completely dependent upon the competency of the midwife with a knife doing the procedure. The choice of anesthetic is also dependent upon the competency of the surgeon as well as patient presentation.
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    midwife do the c-section? Never thought they are train to do this.


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