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During delivery, an episiotomy may be performed in order to allow a larger opening for the baby to pass through. In this procedure, the obstetrician will incise which area?

  1. Vagina
  2. Labia Minora
  3. Labia Majora
  4. Perineum

Answer: D - In an episiotomy, the obstetrician will incise the perineum. The perineum is the area between the vaginal opening and the anus. This procedure is usually performed to allow a larger area for the baby to pass through during delivery, and is not considered a separate procedure during delivery. It is only reportable as a separate service, if it is performed by any physician other than the attending OB.

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