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Episiotomy & Repair


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University of Ghana
Term: 2009
Published: October 26, 2010
Revised: November 1, 2013

An episiotomy is a surgical incision through the perineum made to enlarge the vagina and assist childbirth. The incision can be midline or at an angle from the posterior end of the vulva, is performed under local anaesthetic (pudendal anesthesia) and is sutured closed after delivery. It is one of the most common medical procedures performed on women, and although its routine use in childbirth has steadily declined in recent decades.
Authors: Richard Adanu, Cary Engleberg
Institutions: University of Ghana, University of Michigan
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