Published in Women's Health Weekly, June 30th, 2005
"Obstetric sphincter tears lead to anal incontinence in 40 to 60% of affected women. Primary repair is usually performed without identifying the internal anal sphincter. Since 1999 digestive surgeons have participated in the primary repair of such tears at our hospital. The intention was to perform separate repair of the internal and external anal sphincter in cases of combined tears to achieve a lower incontinence rate than is usually reported after conventional primary repair," wrote S. Norderval and colleagues, University Hospital of North...
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