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Median Episiotomy vs. Mediolateral Episiotomy.  This multi-image surgical exhibit compares the benefits of a  mediolateral episiotomy versus that a median episiotomy during childbirth. The medical illustrations demonstrate that a median incision carries greater involvement and risk of damage to the external anal sphincter muscle and rectal mucosa. The potential for injury can be lessened, typically, by a mediolateral incision.