An episiotomy is an incision made in the tissue between the vagina
and anus (perineum) during childbirth, just before the baby's head is
delivered. An episiotomy may be done to help deliver the baby or to help
prevent the muscles and skin from tearing.
After delivery, an episiotomy incision is stitched closed.
Episiotomies can be different depths. Smaller episiotomies heal faster and with less
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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