- The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) in conjunction with the American Society of Anesthesiologists updates the ACOG Committee Opinion on nonobstetric surgery during pregnancy.
Why this matters
- ACOG is the primary professional organization for obstetricians and gynecologists that guides practice.
Updates to prior Committee Opinion
- No data suggest that intrauterine exposure to
- A pregnant woman should never be denied medically necessary surgery regardless of pregnancy stage.
- Corticosteroid administration should be considered because of the potential of preterm delivery with nonobstetrical procedures during pregnancy.
- Prophylaxis against thromboembolism should be administered.
- Consideration of informed consent for emergency cesarean delivery prior to surgical procedure if fetus unstable during procedure.
- Systematic review and expert commentary from ACOG and the American Society of Anesthesiologists.
- This Committee Opinion replaces Committee Opinion 696 from April 2017.
- Funding: None disclosed.
- Based on current scientific evidence, recommendations may change with future studies.