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What kind of complications might happen from an episiotomy?
13 doctors weighed in

Dr. Pam Yoder
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
12 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Pam Yoder
Dr. Pam Yoder
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Dr. Miguel Cano
Obstetrics & Gynecology
In brief: Episiotomy repair
Most episiotomies heal nicely & don't cause long term problems.
Occasionally there can be pain from scarring and most gyn docs can fix this easily. I rarely see this problem & most OB docs don't perform routine episiotomies anymore. (just when needed...Especially if you have a "charlie brown" headed baby!).

In brief: Episiotomy repair
Most episiotomies heal nicely & don't cause long term problems.
Occasionally there can be pain from scarring and most gyn docs can fix this easily. I rarely see this problem & most OB docs don't perform routine episiotomies anymore. (just when needed...Especially if you have a "charlie brown" headed baby!).
Dr. Miguel Cano
Dr. Miguel Cano
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