Management of Pregnant Patients Undergoing General Surgical Procedures

Melissa K. Stewart, Kyla P. Terhune

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Pregnant patients have a 0.2% to 0.75% chance of developing a medical condition that requires a general surgical intervention during pregnancy. To safely and appropriately care for patients, surgeons must be cognizant of the maternal physiologic changes in pregnancy as well as of the unique risk to both mothers and fetuses of diagnostic modalities, anesthetic care, operative intervention, and postoperative management. Surgeons can be assured that, if these risks are understood and considered, operating during pregnancy, even in the abdomen, can be safely undertaken.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)429-442
Number of pages14
JournalSurgical Clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2015


  • Nonobstetric surgery
  • Perioperative care
  • Pregnancy


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