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A Cesarean section, commonly known as a C-section, is surgery in which a doctor makes an incision in your abdomen and womb to deliver your baby.
If you’d like to learn more about a C-section in Las Vegas or Henderson, NV, meet with a labor and delivery specialist at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican. For the services you need, Find a Doctor with our online tool or call 702.616.4900.
Your doctor may recommend a C-section if he or she determines it is safer for you, your baby, or both. At Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican, our labor and delivery doctors may suggest a C-section for these reasons:
For more information about the risk and benefits of a Cesarean birth, talk to your doctor. If you’re pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, register to take a tour of our Birth Centers and register for Pregnancy & Childbirth Classes.
A cesarean section is performed in a hospital labor and delivery department. You’re given either general anesthesia to put you to sleep, or spinal anesthesia through an epidural injection, so you don’t feel any pain from your waist down, but you’re awake.
Your surgical team preps your abdomen with antiseptic solution, then, your surgeon makes an incision in your abdomen and into your womb. Your baby is brought through this opening and your doctor closes the incisions. Generally, a C-section lasts about an hour. Your baby is born within the first few minutes of the procedure.
The Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican hospital campuses of San Martín and Siena are Baby-Friendly Hospitals, the only two in southern Nevada. Additionally, St. Rose Dominican is the only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in the region, providing you with an enhanced level of care during your delivery.
In most cases, you’ll stay in the hospital for two or three days after your C-section. Your incision will be monitored to make sure it heals properly and you’ll be given medication for pain as needed. You’ll be able to go home when you’re able to tolerate food, urinate, and pass a bowel movement without difficulty.
Your recovery from a C-section will take longer than a vaginal birth. Contact your doctor if you develop redness at the incision, foul drainage, or a fever. A postpartum checkup often happens about six weeks after your procedure.