Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics

, Volume 287, Issue 6, pp 1075-1079

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Second stage disorders in patients following a previous cesarean section: vacuum versus repeated cesarean section

  • Roy KessousAffiliated withDepartment of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Soroka University Medical Center, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
  • , Dan TiroshAffiliated withDepartment of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Soroka University Medical Center, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
  • , Adi Y. WeintraubAffiliated withDepartment of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Soroka University Medical Center, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
  • , Neta Benshalom-TiroshAffiliated withDepartment of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Soroka University Medical Center, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
  • , Ruslan SergienkoAffiliated withEpidemiology and Health Services Evaluation, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
  • , Eyal SheinerAffiliated withDepartment of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Soroka University Medical Center, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Email author 

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Abstract

Objective

To investigate whether vacuum extraction due to failure of labor to progress (dystocia) during the second stage in a delivery following a previous cesarean section (CS) is related to increased adverse maternal and perinatal outcomes as compared with repeated CS.

Study design

A retrospective cohort study of pregnancy and delivery outcomes of patients in their second deliveries attempting a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) following one CS was conducted. Patients who delivered by vacuum extraction were compared with patients who underwent a repeated CS for failure of labor to progress during the second stage.

Results

During the study period, 319 patients with a previous CS suffered from a prolonged second stage of labor in their second delivery. Of these, 184 underwent vacuum extraction and 135 patients underwent a repeated CS. No significant differences in relevant pregnancy complications such as perineal lacerations, uterine rupture, and post-partum hemorrhage and perinatal outcomes were noted between the groups. There were no cases of perinatal mortality in our study.

Conclusion

When managing second stage labor disorders, vacuum extraction does not seem to be an unsafe procedure in patients with a previous CS.

Keywords

Cesarean section Vacuum extraction Prolonged second stage Vaginal birth after cesarean