What happens right after the procedure?
Most episiotomies are done to prevent large vaginal tears
during childbirth. These tears heal slowly, often with poor results.
Widening and tearing of the vagina may cause unneeded stretching.
This may later lead to problems such as:
which is being unable to hold urine in the bladder
a prolapsed bladder,
in which the bladder sags down into the wall of the vagina
a prolapsed rectum,
in which the rectum sags down into or through the vagina
An episiotomy may help to prevent these problems.