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Cesarean delivery: Preoperative planning and patient preparation

Vincenzo Berghella, MD
Section Editor
Charles J Lockwood, MD, MHCM
Deputy Editor
Vanessa A Barss, MD, FACOG


Cesarean delivery (also called cesarean section and cesarean birth) is often cited as the most common major surgical procedure performed in an operating room in the United States [1]. Over 1.2 million cesarean deliveries are performed yearly in the US and comprise almost one-third of births [2].

This topic will review preoperative planning and patient preparation for cesarean delivery. Surgical technique, postoperative issues, repeat cesarean delivery, cesarean delivery on maternal request, and trial of labor after cesarean delivery are discussed separately:

(See "Cesarean delivery: Surgical technique".)

(See "Cesarean delivery: Postoperative issues".)

(See "Repeat cesarean delivery".)

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