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What is a Symphysiotomy?

Symphysiotomy is a surgical procedure to unhinge a woman’s pelvis and widen it for childbirth. The widening could be up to 3.5 cm.

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Symphysiotomy was often used in Ireland as an alternative to a C-Section (Caesarean Section) as it was thought that it would make future births easier.

Used mainly in the 1950's and 1960's the last recorded symphysiotomy was performed in Our Ladies of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda in 1984.

Help For Women who had Symphysiotomy

Survivors of Symphysiotomy (SOS) are a group of women campaigning for recognition of their suffering and disability through this procedure - they live in constant pain, walk with a permanent limp, suffer chronic back pain and incontinence.

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