Obese women more likely to develop infections in Caesarean wounds

Recent information that has been published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology has shown that women who are obese when they give birth through a Caesarean section are nearly two and a half times more likely to develop an infection in the wound after the operation.

It is estimated that 10 percent of women who have a Caesarean section will develop some sort of infection after the procedure. Many of these women actually develop the infection while they are in hospital, although the majority of infections are found to be taking place after the woman has left.

In the past three decades the number of children who are being born by Caesarean section has more than doubled. 30 years ago, the Caesarean section rate was around 10 percent, but today it has risen to 25 percent. In finding out information about obese women and the infection rate, researchers looked at over 4000 Caesarean operations in 2009.

14 hospitals were involved in the study and it was found that the risk for obese women were significantly increased over women who were a normal weight. The vast majority of the infections that was seen after the Caesarean section were superficial and only infected the surface of the skin. Of nearly 400 infections recorded, only 30 of them infected the organs of the body, and the remaining infections were near the surface.

Of all of the women involved in the study, it was found that only around 25 of them had to be readmitted into hospitals so that the infection could be treated. All of the others were successfully treated at home. The study also showed that women who were aged under 20 also had a greater risk of infection than women who were aged between 25 and 30 years old.