Post-Caesarean Rehabilitation: Evaluation Of Practices

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Bengayed Kamel
Khalifa Cyrine
Maghrebi Hayene


Background: Early Rehabilitation, "Fast-Track Surgery," or Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) protocols have shown significant benefits in various surgical procedures, including caesarean sections. These protocols aim to expedite recovery, reduce hospital stays, and minimize complications through a multidisciplinary approach. Despite their proven effectiveness, the implementation of such protocols in post-caesarean recovery remains uneven and warrants further investigation.

Objective: This study aims to evaluate the current practices of early post-caesarean rehabilitation, focusing on pain management, early nutritional intake, mobilization, and mother-child bonding to identify gaps and opportunities for improvement.

Methods: A prospective observational multicenter study was conducted between January and April 2021 at the Maternity and Neonatology Center of Tunis and the Principal Military Hospital of Tunis. The study involved 170 parturients undergoing caesarean section under spinal anesthesia, excluding those with contraindications. Data were collected using a standardized form, covering demographic details, medical history, surgical and anesthesia details, and post-operative recovery metrics, including pain assessment (VAS scores), timing of first oral intake, mobilization, and mother-child bonding. Statistical analysis was performed using SPSS version 25.

Results: The average age of parturients was 30 ± 5 years. A majority (73%) of caesarean sections were planned, with surgery durations mostly within one to two hours. Post-operative pain management revealed that 73% of parturients reported a VAS ≤ 2 at the 3rd hour, but 77% experienced a VAS ≥ 4 by the 6th hour. Early oral intake was initiated by 66% of parturients before the 6th hour for liquids and before the 12th hour for light meals. The urinary catheter was removed before the 12th postoperative hour in 56% of cases. Early mobilization was achieved by 67% of parturients before the 12th hour, and 82% were breastfeeding naturally, with 79.7% satisfaction with care.

Conclusion: The study highlights the partial implementation of ERAS protocols in post-caesarean recovery, pinpointing areas for improvement, particularly in pain management, early oral intake, and mobilization. A standardized approach to early post-caesarean rehabilitation could significantly enhance maternal and neonatal outcomes, reduce complications, and improve patient satisfaction.

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Kamel, B., Cyrine, K., & Hayene, M. (2024). Post-Caesarean Rehabilitation: Evaluation Of Practices. Journal of Health and Rehabilitation Research, 4(1), 1214–1218.
Author Biographies

Bengayed Kamel, Tunis Maternity and Neonatology Center Tunisia.

Faculté de médecine de Tunis, Anesthesia department, LR185P05 research laboratory, Tunis Maternity and Neonatology Center, Tunisia.

Khalifa Cyrine, Tunis Maternity and Neonatology Center Tunisia.

Faculté de médecine de Tunis, Anesthesia department, LR185P05 research laboratory, Tunis Maternity and Neonatology Center, Tunisia.

Maghrebi Hayene, Tunis Maternity and Neonatology Center Tunisia.

Faculté de médecine de Tunis, Anesthesia department, LR185P05 research laboratory, Tunis Maternity and Neonatology Center, Tunisia.


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