© Springer International Publishing AG 2018Peter Bogach Greenspan (ed.)The Diagnosis and Management of the Acute Abdomen in Pregnancy doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-62283-5_13
13. Postoperative Care Issues
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine, Kansas City, MO, USA
Obstetrical and Gynecological Services, Truman Medical Center Lakewood, Kansas City, MO, USA
KeywordsFetal monitoringPostoperative careElectrolytesIncentive spirometryParenteral nutrition
Monitoring the Fetus and Timing of Delivery
Monitoring the fetus of a gravida who is undergoing surgery is addressed in the ACOG Committee Opinion No. 696 on Nonobstetrical Surgery during Pregnancy . The status of the fetus is important in the postanesthesia care unit as well. Depending on the fetal gestational age, the monitoring may only entail intermittent fetal heart tone documentation or the fetus may require continuous electronic monitoring, especially in the later stages of pregnancy.
Pre-viable fetuses generally tolerate anesthetics and surgery very well; however, if the fetal heart tones indicate fetal compromise, little can be done to manage that other than correction of respiratory and metabolic problems in the gravida.