Written by : Dr.M.D.Mazumdar, MD
The placenta is said to be retained when it is not expelled from the uterus even 30 minutes after the delivery of the baby.
Normally the placenta is expelled in three stage - it first separates from the uterine muscle, then it descends into the lower segment of the uterus and vagina and then it is expelled outside. Problems can occur at any of these stages.
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The patient is put under general anesthesia in the operation theatre. Under all aseptic conditions, the sterile gloved hand of the doctor is inserted into the uterus. The placenta is stripped from the uterine muscle gently and brought out.
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