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Ben Douglas Williams, MD
(620) 275-9752
115 N Main St
Garden City, KS
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Finch U Of Hs/Chicago Med Sch, North Chicago Il 60664
Graduation Year: 1992

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George Eric Matthews
(620) 275-9752
115 N Main St
Garden City, KS
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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George Herbert Webb, MD
(480) 425-8700
2626 N Webb Rd
Wichita, KS
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1980

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Ronald Norman Yeomans, MD
4401 W 109th St
Overland Park, KS
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1967

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Joan Marie Schieber, MD
Mission, KS
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 2001

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Maura S Welch, MD
(620) 275-9752
115 N Main St
Garden City, KS
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1975

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George E Matthews, DO
(620) 275-9752
115 N Main St
Garden City, KS
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Hlth Sci, Coll Of Osteo Med, Kansas City Mo 64124
Graduation Year: 1976

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C Wilson Wesbrook, MD
(316) 689-9111
3311 E Murdock St
Wichita, KS
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1974
Hospital
Hospital: Wesley Med Ctr, Wichita, Ks; Via Christi Reg Med Ctr -St J, Wichita, Ks
Group Practice: Wichita Clinic

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Richard L Meisel Jr, MD
(785) 354-5952
1500 SW 10th Ave
Topeka, KS
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology, Maternal & Fetal Medicine
Gender
Male
Languages
English, Spanish
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1983
Hospital
Hospital: Stormont -Vail Healthcare, Topeka, Ks
Group Practice: Maternal Fetal Medicine

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Saroj Ashok Bavishi, MD
(913) 829-9100
20375 W 151st St
Olathe, KS
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Indira Ghandi Med Coll, Nagpur Univ, Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
Graduation Year: 1971
Hospital
Hospital: Olathe Med Ctr, Olathe, Ks; Overland Park Reg Med Ctr, Overland Park, Ks

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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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