Surgery during pregnancy carries low risk

Surgical procedures during pregnancy are generally safe, new research indicates. “Clearly, surgery during pregnancy should only be considered if absolutely necessary,” said Paul Aylin, study co-author and an epidemiologist at the Imperial College London in England. But when expectant mothers do need to undergo surgery, “the information provided in our analysis may give reassurance,” he told Reuters Health by email. Aylin and colleagues used England’s national hospital database to identify nearly 6.5 million pregnancies between 2002 and 2012, including 47,628 in which the moms had nonobstetric surgery. The most common operations involved the abdomen, dental issues, the nails and skin,…
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