Cases in which the perineum is apparently intact, but in which the sphincter is not united (Figs. 35, 36).
If the perineum has not been previously shaved, this is now done.
The operation was by an incision from the perineum, and is ordinarily spoken of as lateral lithotomy.
There is a passage, also, almost more interesting with regard to prophylaxis of rupture of the perineum.
Frequently bathing the thighs and perineum with cold water will be sufficient.
Interference with the rectal functions often follows tedious cases of labor where the child's head remains long in the perineum.
Sometimes it is necessary to support the perineum for hours, and to bestow constant attention the whole time.
These are really but leggins, which run only to the perineum and are simply tied by outer points to a strap from each hip.
There is a passage almost more interesting with regard to prophylaxis of rupture of the perineum.
The perineum may become so friable as to tear, as De Lee says, "like wet paper."
"region of the body between the anus and the genital organs" (jocularly called a taint), early 15c., from Medieval Latin perinaeon, Late Latin perineum, from Greek perinaion, perinaios, from peri- "near" (see peri-) + inan "to carry off by evacuation," of unknown origin.
perineum per·i·ne·um (pěr'ə-nē'əm)
n. pl. per·i·ne·a (-nē'ə)
The portion of the body in the pelvis occupied by urogenital passages and the rectum, bounded in front by the pubic arch, in the back by the coccyx, and laterally by part of the hipbone.
The region between the scrotum and the anus in males, and between the posterior vulva junction and the anus in females.