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What is an episiotomy?

All QuestionsCategory: General QuestionsWhat is an episiotomy?
Admin Staff asked 3 years ago

What is an episiotomy and what is all the fuss about?

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Dr. Falae Staff answered 3 years ago

An episiotomy is a small cut of the perineum or lateral vagina to help with passage of the baby during delivery. Over the past few decades the rate of episiotomies has decreased tremendously. It is sometimes performed to help in the delivery of the baby or to decrease potential risk of a 3rd or 4th degree lacerations, but is only performed out of necessity. As each patient and delivery are different, we often times can’t determine if a patient will require an episiotomy until the latter stage of labor.

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