Our Service For You


Episiotomy
Episiotomy And Medical Negligence

Episiotomy And Medical Negligence

Episiotomy procedures are becoming less frequent nowadays, and they are no longer performed as routine. Nevertheless, occasionally a mother needs an episiotomy to aid the delivery of a baby. As a surgical cut to the perineum, medical staff should take care to ensure an episiotomy is correctly performed and repaired. Should this fail to happen, a mother could be left to suffer long-term complications.

What Is An Episiotomy?

An episiotomy is a deliberately performed surgical cut made during a vaginal delivery. The cut is made to the perineum (the area between the vagina and the anus) and should only be done if it is going to benefit mother or baby in some way.

Indeed, episiotomies are not considered necessary in all cases. While they used to be carried out as a matter of procedure, with up to 90% of women having an episiotomy during labour in the past, now they are usually only performed if:-

  • The baby is in distress and needs to be delivered urgently;
  • A forceps delivery is necessary;
  • The mother's vagina is not stretching quickly enough, meaning a severe vaginal tear may occur.

If an episiotomy has been performed, it should be properly repaired after the birth. This will involve a mother being given appropriate pain relief, before either a midwife or a doctor sutures the wound together.

How To Help An Episiotomy Heal

After the delivery, an episiotomy scar will continue to be painful for about a month. There are, however, some measures that can be taken to help the healing process. This may include:-

  • Applying ice packs to the scar;
  • Keeping the wound clean;
  • Applying witch hazel to the scar;
  • Exposing the stitches to the air once or twice a day;
  • Doing pelvic floor exercises regularly;
  • Taking paracetamol for the pain.

When Does An Episiotomy Amount To Medical Negligence?

Unfortunately there are times when an episiotomy leaves a mother with further complications. These can include the following:-

  • Extreme pain;
  • Anal incontinence.
  • Increased chance of having a third degree tear;
  • Problems with sexual intercourse.

While it is not always the case, it may be that these complications have arisen as a result of medical negligence. This may be because a medical professional has performed an episiotomy to a poor standard, either using blunt scissors or causing damage to other body parts. Additionally, it may be that an episiotomy has been badly repaired, leaving the mother in a great deal of discomfort.

If you have had an episiotomy that was either badly performed or repaired, then you should seek legal advice. It may be that you suffered as a result of medical negligence, and if so you may be able to claim compensation.

Can We Help You With A Medical Negligence Enquiry?

Early legal assistance can be vital so please contact us if you would like to discuss your situation. Please call us free on 0800 234 3300 (or from a mobile 01275 334030) or complete our Online Enquiry Form.

Bookmark This Article?

Can We Help You With A Medical Negligence Enquiry?

Early legal assistance can be vital so please contact us if you would like to discuss your situation. Please call us free on 0800 234 3300 (or from a mobile 01275 334030) or complete our Online Enquiry Form.

Free enquiry

 


Free Claim Enquiry

Complete a short enquiry form and we will contact you.

Free enquiry

*

Testimonials

"Before we contacted you we had no real idea that we had grounds for a medical negligence claim but after speaking to you if became clear that Wendy was indeed treated poorly. Chris took the time to explain what was happening and kept us to speed. Our deepest gratitude to you all and Chris in particular."

"I would like to say a big thank you to you for making this whole process easy and relatively painless. You kept me informed throughout and you were always polite and courteous in all forms of communication. I would not hesitate to recommend you to friends and family, so a really big thank you and I wish you all the best in the future."

» Read More Medical Negligence Testimonials?

*
Helping Clients throughout England and Wales


contact us

*

Free Medical Negligence Guide

'7 Questions You Must Ask Before Choosing A Medical Negligence Solicitor'

Free download

*