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What are the differences between tearing and being cut?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Obstetrics & Gynecology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Size of thecut

Episiotomies are rarely necessary.
It is ok to ask that a routine episiotomy not be performed. A spontaneous tear should it occur may be smaller and less painful than an episiotomy.

In brief: Size of thecut

Episiotomies are rarely necessary.
It is ok to ask that a routine episiotomy not be performed. A spontaneous tear should it occur may be smaller and less painful than an episiotomy.
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Dr. Juris Bunkis
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not much

Tearing implies a separate of tissues that are being pulled whereas a cut is usually more deliberate.

In brief: Not much

Tearing implies a separate of tissues that are being pulled whereas a cut is usually more deliberate.
Dr. Juris Bunkis
Dr. Juris Bunkis
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Control

Tears cannot be controlled whereas an incision can be planned.
For example during delivery tears may extend anteriorly to involve the urethra or posteriorly to extend into the rectum whereas a planned episiotomy will control the direction of the incision/wound.

In brief: Control

Tears cannot be controlled whereas an incision can be planned.
For example during delivery tears may extend anteriorly to involve the urethra or posteriorly to extend into the rectum whereas a planned episiotomy will control the direction of the incision/wound.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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