The most common surgical operation performed on women globally is a caesarean section. This is defined as the use of surgery to deliver a child. The procedure is simple: an incision in the lower abdomen exposes the uterus, and a second incision in the uterus allows the child and placenta to be removed. When difficulties occur during or before labour that put the mother’s or foetus’ health at danger, a C-section may be performed.

Despite a global decrease in SSI risk, the incidence of SSI is predicted to grow as the rate of caesarean births continues to rise [Image: Shutterstock].

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