Episiotomy Pain & Recovery Guide

If you have had an episiotomy during the birth of your child and you are experiencing problems afterwards, what has happened? Unfortunately, far too frequently we are contacted by people experiencing significant pain after an episiotomy.

What Is An Episiotomy?

An episiotomy is a surgical cut through the perineum which is made to enlarge the vagina with the intention of assisting the birth of a child. The cut is made during childbirth and then closed with sutures after delivery of the child. These are not carried out as a matter of course but only when the medical team feel that a natural tear might occur if they do not carry out an episiotomy. The reason that an episiotomy is preferred to a natural tear is that a natural tear can be more difficult to repair and can damage the rectum.

Episiotomy Complications

Problems with an episiotomy can include:

  • Pain caused by additional bruising around the vaginal area and perineum
  • The tear spreading to the anus
  • Difficulty in sitting down
  • In extreme cases incontinence can be experienced
  • Crushing injuries caused by blunt scissors being used

Episiotomy Recovery

If you have had an episiotomy and are still in pain, how can you improve your recovery from an episiotomy? The most important action you can take is to ensure that they area is kept clean as any infection in the wound area will cause further complications. Ensure that when you go to the toilet you wipe from front to back so as to keep well away from the wound area.

If it is safe for you to do so (check with your midwife) undertake pelvic floor muscles which can help you to recover more quickly from the episiotomy.

When Does Episiotomy Pain Amount To Medical Negligence?

Every case has to be judged on its own merits. However, if an episiotomy has been carried out when it was unnecessary, and you are experiencing ongoing pain or incontinence, we can assess whether the episiotomy was justified in your circumstances. If it was not, you will be able to make a claim for compensation which can include any private treatment required to improve your condition.

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