perineorrhaphy


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perineorrhaphy

 [per″ĭ-ne-or´ah-fe]
suture of the perineum. The term is most often used to denote repair of an episiotomy done during childbirth, but it also can mean repair of any tear or laceration of the perineum.
Patient Care. Care of the wound and suture line is done as a clean rather than a sterile procedure. The wound should be kept clean and dry to avoid infection and promote healing. Most obstetrical patients prefer to do this for themselves if they are able; they must be taught how to do it correctly in order to avoid infection and trauma. They are told to work from front to back when removing soiled perineal pads and washing the site. The hands are washed before and after each cleansing as well as after urination, defecation, and replacement of a pad. Constipation and resultant straining at stool should be avoided as it can cause pain and injury to the suture line.

The suture line should be inspected periodically by the caregiver to be sure there is adequate healing of the suture line as well as a normal flow of lochia. Discomfort can be relieved by a cream or suture line spray and application of intermittent cold packs or ice for the first 24 hours, then applications of heat in the form of sitz baths, a heat lamp, or a rubber K-pad through which warm water circulates. Kegel's exercises also help relieve discomfort and promote healing by increasing circulation to and relieving edema of the operative site. If an analgesic cream or spray is prescribed the patient is taught how to apply it correctly.

To avoid discomfort while sitting, patients can be taught to squeeze the buttocks before being seated and to sit with them in that position. Perineorrhaphy sutures do not have to be removed because they are made of a material that is completely absorbed in about ten days. The discomfort associated with perineorrhaphy should subside in four or five days.

per·i·ne·or·rha·phy

(per'i-nē-ōr'ă-fē),
Suture of the perineum, performed in perineoplasty.
[perineum + G. rhaphē, a sewing]

perineorrhaphy

/peri·ne·or·rha·phy/ (-ne-or´ah-fe) suture of the perineum.

perineorrhaphy

(pĕr′ə-nē-ôr′ə-fē)
n.
Suture of the perineum.

perineorrhaphy

[per′inē·ôr′əfē]
Etymology: Gk, perineos + rhaphe, suture
a surgical procedure in which an incision, tear, or defect in the perineum is repaired by suturing.

per·i·ne·or·rha·phy

(per'i-nē-ōr'ă-fē)
Suture of the perineum, performed in perineoplasty.
[perineum + G. rhaphē, a sewing]

perineorrhaphy

suture of the perineum.
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Liu, if the patient does not undergo a full perineorrhaphy from the vaginal approach as the last part of the total operation, then that surgeon must be considered stupid.
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For the external anal sphincter, use 2-0 prolonged delayed sutures (such as PDS II or Maxon), she advised, noting that second-degree repair and perineorrhaphy may be necessary to reattach the rectovaginal septum to the perineal body, thus restoring normal anatomy.
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