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John Russell Scott, MD
(907) 622-3569
32907 Upper Rd Cirrus Way
Eagle River, AK
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1967
Hospital
Hospital: Spartanburg Reg Med Ctr, Spartanburg, Sc; Mary Black Memorial Hospital, Spartanburg, Sc
Group Practice: Woman's Clinic

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Todd Rodger Quier, MD
(907) 696-8066
19027 Mountain Point Cir
Eagle River, AK
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Or Hlth Sci Univ Sch Of Med, Portland Or 97201
Graduation Year: 1988

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Elizabeth Ann Anderson, MD
11755 Galloway Loop Stonehaven Unit 19
Eagle River, AK
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1996

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Edith Alexandria Warren, MD
Eagle River, AK
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: E Tn State Univ J H Quillen Coll Of Med, Johnson City Tn 37614
Graduation Year: 1992

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Dr.Mea Chung- Ha
Alaska OBGYN Care, Suite 240, 1200 Airport Heights Drive
Anchorage, AK
Gender
F
Speciality
Gynecologist (OBGYN)
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
3.7, out of 5 based on 3, reviews.

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James Raymond Scott, MD
(907) 622-3569
32907 Upper Rd Cirrus Way
Eagle River, AK
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology, Immunology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1962
Hospital
Hospital: Univ Of Utah Hosp And Clinics, Salt Lake Cty, Ut
Group Practice: University-Utah Dept-Ob/Gyn

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La Donna Rae Jones, MD
(907) 580-1320
Eagle River, AK
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mi Med Sch, Ann Arbor Mi 48109
Graduation Year: 1995

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Neil Joseph Murphy, MD
19516 Laura Lee Cir
Eagle River, AK
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wa Sch Of Med, Seattle Wa 98195
Graduation Year: 1982

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David Hunter Brown, MD
(907) 677-6659
4107 Charing Cross Cir
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Vanderbilt Univ Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37232
Graduation Year: 1986

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Charles Gerald Ryan Jr, MD
(423) 507-8878
3340 Providence Dr
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1991
Hospital
Hospital: Athens Reg Med Ctr, Athens, Tn
Group Practice: Cornerstone Center For Women

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Episiotomy

Episiotomy

An episiotomy is a surgical procedure that enlarges the vaginal opening during labor by cutting the perineum, the skin and muscles between the vulva and anus.

Episiotomy is the surgery most commonly performed on women in the United States.

Between 50 and 90% of women giving birth to their first child undergo this procedure. For decades, episiotomies have been performed on a routine basis to help speed delivery during the second stage of labor; as well as to prevent tears to the mother's vagina, especially serious tears that may stretch to the anus. The procedure was also thought to lessen trauma to the baby and protect the mother's vaginal muscles.

Episiotomies May Be Useful Under The Following Conditions:

  • Labor is too fast. If you are unable to stop pushing and slow your labor, some health care providers believe a clean cut may help prevent a serious tear.
  • Fetal or maternal distress. An episiotomy may speed delivery if you or your baby are experiencing complications.
  • Extremely large or breech baby. An episiotomy may help ensure a safe delivery by widening the vaginal opening.

Currently, there is disagreement in the medical field about the routine performance of an episiotomy. One large study showed that routinely cutting an episiotomy increases the risk of tears in the back of the vagina, but reduces tears in the front. Based on these results, the World Health Organization, among other groups, recommends avoiding episiotomy unless it's absolutely necessary.

What Will Happen?

If an episiotomy is needed, then just before your baby is born, as the head is about to crown, your care health provider will inject a local anesthetic in the bottom of your vaginal opening and make an incision.

There are two types of incisions: median and medio-lateral. The median incision goes straight down the vagina toward the anus; the medio-lateral incision is made at an angle from the vagina to the anus. The medio-lateral is considered less likely to tear through to the anus, but is more difficult to repair and takes longer to heal than the median.

Your health care provider will then deliver the baby through the enlarged opening, followed by the placenta. The incision is stitched closed immediately after delivery.

For most women healing is uncomplicated, although it may take several weeks. You can help speed the process by asking nurses to apply ice packs immediately following the birth.

To Continue The Healing Process Over The Next Few Weeks You Should:

  • Use sitz bath a few times a day, change your pads frequently, and try a heat lamp or hair dryer after you bathe to keep the area around the stitches clean and dry.
  • Take stool softeners and eat lots of fiber to prevent constipation.
  • Perform Kegel exercises. Squeeze the muscles that you use to hold in urine for five minutes, 10 times a day, during your regular activities...

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