Subject: Midwifery & Obstetrical Nursing-II 

4th year B.Sc in Nursing.


It is an operative procedure whereby the fetus is delivered after the 28th week through an incision on the abdominal and uterine walls.

Indication of caesarian section

  1. Absolute indications
  2. Central placenta preavia
  3. Contracted pelvis or chephalo-pelvic disproportion (absolute)
  4. Pelvic mass causing obstruction
  5. Advanced Ca cervix
  6. Vaginal obstruction ( stenosis)
  7. Relative indications
  8. Chephalo-pelvic disproportion (relative)
  9. Previous caesarian section
  10. Fetal distress ( non reassuring FHR)
  11. Cervical dystocia- due to
  12. Inefficient uterine contraction
  13. Small pelvis
  • Large fetus
  1. APH
  2. Mal-presentation-brow, breech, shoulder
  3. Failed surgical induction of labor
  4. Failure to progress in labor
  5. Bad obstetric history ( recurrent fetal wastage)
  6. Hypertensive disorder-eclampsia, preeclampsia
  7. Medical disorder-heart disease, DM
  8. Gynecological disorder- pelvic tumor, repair of VVF.

Common indication of emergency C/S

  1. CPD
  2. Contracted pelvis
  3. APH/Central placenta praevia
  4. Fetal distress
  5. Mal-presentation
  6. Failed induction of labor
  7. Cervical dystocia

Complication of caesarian section

  1. Maternal complications

During operation

  •   Uterine laceration
  •  Uterine atony
  • Extension of uterine incision to one or both side
  •  Cutting of the vessels leading to-
  • Severe hemorrhage
  • Hypo-volumic shock
  • Broad ligament hematoma
  • Primary PPH
  • Injury to the urinary bladder
  • Injury to the ureter
  • Anesthetic hazards

Post-operative complications

  • Immediate
  • Post operative bleeding
  • Infection
  • Secondary PPH
  • Septic thrombo-phlebitis


  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Backache
  • Menstrual irregularity
  • Incisional hernia
  • Excessive scar formation
  • Risk of scar rupture or rupture of the uterus in subsequent pregnancy.

Fetal complication

  • Iatrogenic prematurity
  • Respiratory distress syndrome
  • Birth injury
  • Birth asphyxia due to anesthetic hazards.

Management of C/S /   Steps of LUCS

Pre-operative procedures

History taking-

  • Chief complain-period of amenorrhea
  • History of antenatal checkup
  • Obstetric history
  • Menstrual history
  • H/O significant medical illness
  • Drug history-any history of drug sensitivity
  • Immunization history- status of immunization against tetanus.
  1. General examination: nutrition, pulse rate, blood pressure, temperature, respiratory rate, anemia, jaundice, cyanosis, edema, dehydration, heart, lung, breast.
  2. Systemic examination: CVS and respiratory system examination.
  3. Per-abdominal examination:
  • Height of the uterus
  • Fetal movement
  • Four grips- Fundal grip, two lateral grip, pelvic grip
  • FHR


  • Blood routine examination: Hb%, TC, DC, ESR, blood grouping & Rh typing, RBS.
  • Urine R/E: For pus cell and protein
  • USG: to assess fetal wellbeing
  • ECG
  • Written informed consent.
  • Shaving and cleaning the operative area (mid chest to mid thigh).
  • Pre-anesthetic medication-
  • Diazepam (5mg) at bed time may be prescribed at last night.
  • NPO from 12 hours before operation. At least 6 hours in case of emergency C/S.
  • An intravenous cannula (size-18-20) should be opened 2-3 hours before operation.
  • Anti-ulcerative-inj. Pantoprazole (40 mg) should be started to reduce acid secretion.
  • Intravenous fluid
  • Hartman’s solution (1000 ml) I/V @ 10-15 drops/min 2-3 hours before operation.
  • Prophylactic antibiotic: I/V ceftriaxone is recommended.

Intra-operative procedures

  • Position– supine position.
  • Anesthesia: Spinal anesthesia, general anesthesia, epidural anesthesia.
  • Anti-septic wash- mid chest to mid thigh region including vulva and vagina by 10% chlorohexidin solution.
  • Draping.
  • Proper light.
  • Incision: Pestilential incision is made commonly 3cm above the symphysis pubis.
  • Skin, Superficial fascia, the recti and pyramidal is muscles are retracted laterally from the midline.
  • A short incision is made in the midline down to the membranes.
  • The incision of the lower segment is being enlarged using index finger of both hands.
  • Delivery of the head.
  • Delivery of the trunk.
  • Removal of placenta and membrane by CCT.
  • Securing the bleeding vessels properly.
  • Suture of the uterine wound.
  • Closure:
  • Peritoneum: continuous suture with chromic 1 or 2 catgut in a rounded bodies needle.
  • Anterior rectus sheath: continuous suture with chromic 1 or 2 catgut in a cutting bodies needle.
  • Subcutaneous tissue: interrupted stitch with plain catgut.
  • Skin: interrupted silk stitch or subcutaneous (cosmetic purpose).

Post operative procedures

0’ POD

  1. Follow the post operative order-
  • NPO till further order
  • 5% DNS (2l)+ Inj. Oxytocin (2 amp in each litre of fluid) I/ V @ 30 drops/min.
  • Ceftriaxone (1gm) 1 vial I/V stat and daily.
  • Metronidazole (500mg) 1 bottles I/V stat and daily.
  • Pethidine (100mg) 1 ample I/M stat and SOS.
  • Metoclopramide (12.5 mg) 1 amp I/M stat and SOS.
  • Tramadol (100 mg) 1 amp I/M 12 hourly.
  • Ranitidine (50 mg) 1 amp I/V stat and 8 hourly.
  • Diclofenac suppositories (50 mg) 1 stick per-rectally SOS.
  • Continue catheter for 3 days ( if obstructed labor the 21 days).
  • Change posture at two hours interval.
  • Monitor vital signs routinely.
  • Effective pain management.
  • Examination of the dressing.
  • Routine vital signs monitoring.
  • Urine output monitoring.
  • Auscultation of abdomen for bowel sound.

1st POD

  1. I/V fluid continue with sips of water orally.
  2. Early mobilization.
  3. Checking the bandage.
  4. Monitor vital signs.

2nd POD

  1. If bowel sound present then liquid diet followed by semisolid food.
  2. I/V fluid reduce to 1 liter.
  3. Antibiotic in oral from.
  4. Catheter should be clamped.
  5. Mobilization continues.
  6. Monitor vital signs.

3rd POD

  1. If no problem then diet is regular high protein and high fiber diet.
  2. I/V fluid withdrawn.
  3. Catheter withdrawn.
  4. Checking bandage.
  5. Monitor vital signs.

4th POD

  1. Dressing is done.
  2. Monitor vital signs.

5th POD

  1. Continue the same

6th POD

  1. If wound is healthy alternate stitch may be off.
  2. Continue the same.

7th POD

  1. Complete removal of stitch.
  2. Discharge the patient with advice-
  • Diet- High nutritious diet containing high class protein, vitamins, minerals, fiber etc.
  • Breast feeding
  • Exclusive breast feeding for 1st 6th
  • Extra supplementary food for 1.5 years with breast feeding.
  • Contraception
  • Progesterone only pill for 6 months.
  • Barrier methods for next 1 year.
  • Coitus
  • Abstinence for first 3 months.
  • Immunization
  • Immunized the baby according to EPI schedule.
  • Birth spacing- at least for 2 years.
  • Personal precautions-
  • Do not bear heavy weight for 6 months.
  • Do not strain during defecation.
  • Wear abdominal binder for 3 months.

Baby Kirttania,