A prospective randomized comparative study of rapidly absorbing polyglactin 910 versus chromic catgut for episiotomy repair at tertiary care hospital Bikaner, Rajasthan

Priyanka Singh, Monica Soni, Neetu Verma


Background: The aim of our study was to compare rapidly absorbing polyglactin 910 with chromic catgut as a suture material for episiotomy repair, in relation to post episiotomy complications and maternal morbidity.

Methods: This prospective, randomized, comparative study of rapidly absorbing polyglactin 910 versus chromic catgut for episiotomy repair was conducted in the department of obstetrics and gynaecology, PBM hospital, associated with Sardar Patel medical college Bikaner, Rajasthan.

Results: RAPG-910 was associated with significantly lesser analgesic dose requirement for pain relief than chromic catgut. Use of chromic catgut was associated with a higher incidence of hematoma formation, wound gaping, need of re-suturing of wound and need of re-admissions for management of post-episiotomy complications than RAPG-910 although, the difference was statistically insignificant. RAPG-910 was associated with better wound condition & healing as compared to chromic catgut.

Conclusions:To conclude, rapidly absorbing polyglactin 910 was better than chromic catgut in relation to post episiotomy complications and maternal morbidity with a significantly lesser incidence and severity of post episiotomy pain, lesser dose of analgesia required, lesser wound gaping and infection, better wound healing, faster suture reabsorption. 



Episiotomy, Pain, Catgut, Polyglactin 910

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