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What kind of complications might happen from an episiotomy?

What kind of complications might happen from an episiotomy?

Infection, bleeding: It is best if a surgical procedure (like epis) is performed as seldom as possible. Most obs would cut one typically in a situation in which a tear is likely. To decrease risk of complications, an episiotomy is done after a woman's perineum ('bottom') has been cleaned with an antiseptic solution. Careful closure of most with stitches helps decrease the risk of bleeding. Discuss before labor. ...Read more

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Dr. Massarat Zutshi
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Episiotomy (Definition)

An episiotomy is a cut in the lower portion of the vulva / vagina to enable a quicker delivery of ...Read more


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Will an episiotomy help ripping when the baby’s coming out?

Will an episiotomy help ripping when the baby’s coming out?

Please understand...: That the current trend in obstetrics (according to my colleagues) is not to do surgical episiotomies, as there is a great deal of evidence that healing is better if the posterior birth canal is allowed to tear naturally. However, this tearing often requires repair with sutures by the obstetrician. My understanding is that surgical episiotomies are now rarely done. Ask your obstetrician. ...Read more

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What's an episiotomy?

What's an episiotomy?

Episiotomy: It is also known as perineotomy, a surgically planned incision on the perineum and the posterior vaginal wall during second stage of labor. The incision, which can be mid line or at an angle from the posterior end of the vulva, is performed under local anesthetic (pudendal anesthesia), and is sutured closed after delivery. ...Read more

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What is an episiotomy?

Cutting vagina : An episiotomy is a small incision made during vaginal delivery to create more space for the baby. It used to be used routinely, but recent studies show it is not necessary in most cases. Most doctors do not routinely cut episiotomies anymore. I rarely use this option except in emergencies or extreme circumstances. ...Read more

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Episiotomy hurts bad. Help!?

Sitz bath: Warm sitz baths are a great thing. Can use some topical Lidocaine to help as well - call your doc and get some called in. ...Read more

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Can I refuse to get an episiotomy?

Can I refuse to get an episiotomy?

Yes: But realize you may tear a jagged , irregular episiotomyand an irregular tear may be more difficult to repair, and be more painful. ...Read more

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Why would an episiotomy be needed?

No midwife: Most episiotomies are not needed. If you are seeing a midwife your are less likely to get one. Doctors get in a hurry and don't want to wait for mother nature. ...Read more

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Where is an episiotomy usually done?

In delivery room: If needed, it is best if a surgical procedure (like epis) is performed under sterile or the cleanest conditions possible. That would typically be in a dr after a woman's perineum ('bottom') has been cleaned with an antiseptic solution and local anesthesia has been given. Sometimes, however, mother nature does not wait so episiotomy and delivery are carried out in nonsterile but clean conditions. ...Read more

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Help! My episiotomy has healed wrong!?

Please have this: evaluated by your gynecologist. Sorry, we can't help too much using this forum. ...Read more