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[Suture of the episiotomy wound--comparison of two techniques from clinical and cosmetic aspects]. [Article in Polish]. Ginekol Pol. 1998 Jan;69(1):6-11.

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Graczyk S, Limanowski M, Wyduba M.

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The use of an episiotomy for vaginal delivery is a controversial topic in modern obstetrics. If one is done, however, correct technique of perineal trauma repair is important. The usual episiotomy has traditionally been closed with interrupted suture. The use of a less reactive material, e.g. polyglycolic acid (Dexon), seem to be suitable for subcutaneous skin closure and beneficial in terms of acute postpartum discomfort and healing.

The comparison of healing and patient comfort parameters between interrupted and subcutis polyglycolic acid suture used for episiotomy repair after delivery was done. Patients had follow-up during hospital stay, and two months after delivery a self administered questionnaire was sent to all women who participated, enquiring about perineal pain, resumption of sexual intercourse and cosmetics of suture line. Of 52 patients who had repair with interrupted suture, 21 were lost to follow-up. Of 65 gravidas who had repair with subcutis suture, 23 were lost to follow-up. At the 3rd day postpartum examination, patients with subcutis sutures had significantly better healing. An inflammatory process was present in 2 of 52 patients with interrupted sutures comparable with 1 of 65 in the subcutis group, and a gaping wound in 0 of 52 and 1 of 65, respectively. Recovery of function, measured by resumption of sexual activity by 8 weeks, was demonstrated in 5 of 31 patients with interrupted sutures versus 24 of 42 patients who had subcutis sutures.

Episiotomy repair with subcutis polyglycolic acid (Dexon) offers significant advantages over traditional interrupted suture, both in terms of wound healing and resumption of sexual activity.

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La réparation de l’épisiotomie

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➡ dyspareunia ; scars ; episiotomy

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Cécile Loup — 27 Apr 2004

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