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Episiotomy

Posted On: 05-27-2015
Episiotomy

What is an Episiotomy?

A minor procedure, an episiotomy involves cutting the perineum to widen the vaginal opening during childbirth.

Also Known As:

  • Perineum cutting
  • Perineum procedure

Conditions Treated with an Episiotomy:

An episiotomy is utilized to enlarge the birth canal.

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Non-Surgical or Other Surgical Alternatives to an Episiotomy:

Perineal massage is a non-surgical alternative to an episiotomy. There are no comparable surgical alternatives to the procedure.

Anesthesia with an Episiotomy:

An episiotomy is performed with local anesthesia.

Potential Complications from an Episiotomy:

Possible risks following an episiotomy include infection, bleeding, pain and a negative reaction to the anesthesia.

Prognosis after an Episiotomy:

The prognosis for a positive end result following an episiotomy is very good, especially if absorbable stitches are used.

Recovery from an Episiotomy:

Total recovery from an episiotomy takes one to three weeks. 

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