Abdominopelvic surgery risks in pregnancy vary by gestational age and indication

Researchers have published the most comprehensive review of adverse fetal and maternal outcomes following non-obstetric abdominopelvic surgery to date

The risk of fetal loss during abdominopelvic surgery for non-obstetric reasons during pregnancy is greater for pelvic inflammatory conditions and for procedures performed in the first or second trimester, according to a large meta-analysis.

Canadian and Australian researchers, including clinical epidemiologist Professor Nancy Baxter from the University of Melbourne, say their results can help improve preoperative counselling for women.

In their review of 114 observational studies, the team analysed data from more than 67,000