Absorbable synthetic versus catgut suture material for episiotomy repair


  • Shashikala H. Gowda Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
  • Rakshitha B. Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences, Bangalore, Karnataka, India




Episiotomy, Chromic catgut, Vicryl rapide


Background: Episiotomy is a planned surgical incision made in perineum during childbirth. The type of suture material used for perineal repair following episiotomy will have effect on the intensiy of the pain experienced by mother. The objective of the present study is to determine the effects of rapide vicryl and catgut suture material on the amount of short term pain experienced by mother and to assess the amount of analgesia used following episiotomy suturing.

Methods: Women with episiotomy cut was divided into two groups: group A consisted of episiotomy repair with catgut and group B with rapide vicryl. Following episiotomy pain will be assessed by visual analogue scale.

Results: In KIMS hospital Bangalore - there was significant reduction in short term pain by vicryl rapide compared to chromic catgut and the need for analgesia.

Conclusions: Vicryl rapide is effective in reducing the morbidity associated with episiotomy repair. There was significant reduction in short term pain and the need for analgesia, with decrease incidence of wound dehiscence.



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