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Infected episiotomy. Close-up of an infected wound where an episiotomy was performed 3 days earlier. Episiotomy is a surgical procedure in which an incision is made in the perineum, the tissue between the vagina and the anus, to ease the delivery of a baby. The incision may be directed to the side of the anus or in a direct vertical line with the anus. The wound is repaired shortly after delivery, usually with absorbable sutures. Many obstetricians advocate almost routine use of episiotomy on the grounds that surgical cuts heal better than tears. Others avoid the procedure, arguing that the naturally elastic vagina should not have to be cut to allow a normal delivery.
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