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 (ĭ-pĭz′ē-ŏt′ə-mē, ĭ-pē′zē-)
n. pl. e·pis·i·ot·o·mies
Surgical incision of the perineum during childbirth to facilitate delivery.

[Greek epīsion, pubic region + -tomy.]
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n, pl -mies
(Surgery) surgical incision into the perineum during the late stages of labour to prevent its laceration during childbirth and to make delivery easier
[C20: from episio-, from Greek epision pubic region + -tomy]
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(əˌpi ziˈɒt ə mi, ˌɛp ə saɪ-)

n., pl. -mies.
a surgical incision into the perineum and vagina to allow sufficient clearance for childbirth.
[1875–80; < Greek episio(n) pubic region + -tomy]
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A surgical cut made in the perineum to enlarge the vaginal opening during childbirth.
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Noun1.episiotomy - surgical incision of the perineum to enlarge the vagina and so facilitate delivery during childbirth
perineotomy - surgical incision into the perineum
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nDammschnitt m, → Episiotomie f
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n. episiotomía, incisión del perineo durante el parto para evitar desgarros.
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n (pl -mies) episiotomía
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Perineal pain arises from perineal tears, inflammatory reaction, swelling of the adjacent tissues and the contractions of levator ani and other perineal muscles.1 It is a common problem following episiotomy,2 and vaginal delivery, and is very severe in early postnatal period.3 The severity of pain also depends on mode of delivery,4 degree of trauma,5 type of suture material used for repair and technique of perineal repair.6 There is a negative impact of pain on physical and psychological functions, including successful breast feeding.7 Physical effects associated with perineal pain include reduced motility, sitting, urinary and faecal incontinence and sexual dysfunction.
The company offers remedies for pregnancy nausea, hemorrhoids and stretch marks, and once the baby is born, it has solutions for post-partum perineal bruising, episiotomy and Cesarean section births, as well as relief from breast feeding's engorgement or sore or cracked nipples.
The review highlights different rates of emergency caesarian sections, instrumental deliveries and episiotomy.
The review highlights different rates of emergency caesarian sections, instrumental deliveries and episiotomy. In some maternity units 8 per cent of mothers needed emergency c-sections but in others the figure was 15 per cent.
There was an increasing trend of OASIS in attempted spontaneous vaginal delivery without episiotomy (P < 0.01), but it did not increase the OASIS risk (P = 0.46).
According to the Cochrane database, (1) episiotomy was first described in 1741 by Sir Fielding Ould in an essay on midwifery.
Routinely perform episiotomy is a much questioned procedure in today's healthcare practice among professionals concerned with the humanization of the care parturition process.
Dr Elsapagh said: "If the episiotomy healing is straightforward with no complications, it's unlikely that there will be any residual pain.
Episiotomy is a surgical procedure to enlarge the vaginal opening during childbirth.
Her baby was delivered by a nurse who gave her an episiotomy.