Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics

, Volume 298, Issue 3, pp 529–535 | Cite as

How long women should be hospitalized after cesarean delivery

  • Ohad GluckEmail author
  • Hadas Ganer-Herman
  • Jakob Bar
  • Michal Kovo
Maternal-Fetal Medicine



We aimed to investigate the impact of early versus late discharge following cesarean delivery (CD) on re-admission rate.


This is a retrospective cohort study of all CDs performed between 2013 and 2016. Patients who underwent CD between 01/13 and 12/14, were routinely discharged on postoperative day (POD) 3 (early discharge) and were defined as T1 group. Patients who had CD between 01/15 and 12/16 were routinely discharged on POD 4 (late discharge) and were defined as T2 group. Data on re-admission rate and postpartum complications were compared between the groups.


As compared to the T2 group (n = 1856), less patients in the T1 group (n = 2020) had ≥ 2 previous CDs (13 vs. 15.6%, respectively; p = 0.02). The T1 group had shorter operative time as compared to the T2 group (p < 0.001). Postoperative complications and re-admission rates were similar between the groups. By logistic regression analysis model only intrapartum complications (RR = 7.87, CI 2.45–25.26, p < 0.001) and prolonged labor (RR = 3.68, CI 1.44–9.39, p = 0.006) were found to be independently associated with postpartum re-admission.


Early discharge after CD (POD 3) seems to be as safe as a more delayed discharge.


Postpartum re-admission Postoperative complications Cesarean delivery Early postpartum discharge 


Author contributions

OG: manuscript writing and project development. HG-H: data analysis and data collection. JB: data collection and project development. MK: project development and manuscript editing.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki Declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards. For this type of study formal consent is not required.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyThe Edith Wolfson Medical Center (Affiliated with the Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel)HolonIsrael

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