Operative delivery means the use of obstetrical forceps or cesarean section to achieve the delivery. Operative delivery is indicated any time it becomes safer to delivery the baby immediately than to allow pregnancy to continue.
Indications for operative delivery are many, but a partial list includes:
These indications are sometimes relative, not absolute, and clinical judgment must be applied in any individual clinical situation to determine whether operative delivery is a good idea or not. Other aspects of clinical judgment are the specific form of operative delivery (forceps vs. cesarean section) and the timing of the operative delivery.
OB-GYN 101: Introductory
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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