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Cesarean section

Cesarean section


  1. The uterus is exposed through the abdominal wall, and an incision is made in the uterine covering.
  2. The muscles of the uterus are separated, producing a hole for the delivery of the infant.
  3. The infant is delivered through the opening in the uterine wall, after which, the uterus is stitched closed.

Review Date 7/28/2014

Updated by: Cynthia D. White, MD, Fellow American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Group Health Cooperative, Bellevue, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.