Wound complications common after repair of obstetric anal injuries: review

The first meta-analysis to quantify the rate of complications is a wake-up call for clinicians to modify practice, researchers say

Wound infection and dehiscence are relatively common following surgical repair of obstetric anal sphincter injuries, a novel systematic review shows.

UK researchers say their findings — which suggest a true incidence rate of up to 16% — could be used to counsel women with severe perineal lacerations who are eligible for primary repair.

“Knowing the true incidence of these complications will encourage clinicians to modify their practice to prevent and will provide further evidence to