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Lawrence G Gill III, MD
(307) 672-2522
1455 Burton St
Sheridan, WY
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: New York Univ Sch Of Med, New York Ny 10016
Graduation Year: 1977

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Dr.Timothy Scott
(307) 672-0401
212 West Burkitt Street
Sheridan, WY
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Cincinnati Coll Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1974
Speciality
Gynecologist (OBGYN)
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Timothy James Scott
(307) 672-0401
212 W Burkitt St
Sheridan, WY
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Lawrence G. Gill III
672-2522
1333 W. Fifth Street
Sheridan, WY
Specialty
Obstetrics, Gynecology and Preventive Primary Care, Ultrasonography, Infertility
Education
English
Professional Memberships
Sheridan Memorial Hospital

Stephan N Trent
(307) 233-6000
1522 E A St
Casper, WY
Specialty
General Practice, Family Practice, Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Robert W Wilson, MD
Sheridan, WY
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Co Sch Of Med, Denver Co 80262
Graduation Year: 1951

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John Dean Adler, MD
(307) 674-0700
1333 W 5th St Ste 201
Sheridan, WY
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 46202
Graduation Year: 1979

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Oscar Jimenez Rojo, MD
(307) 674-4664
Sheridan, WY
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology, Abdominal Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Inst Sup De Cien Med De La Habana, La Habana, Cuba
Graduation Year: 1944

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Jodi Kaigh
(307) 234-7400
1204 E 2nd St
Casper, WY
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Hein Hartmut Kalke, MD
(307) 686-7799
Gillette, WY
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Melbourne, Fac Of Med, Parkville, Vic, Australia
Graduation Year: 1965

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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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