My tear didn't heal right. It was stitched, horribly. I'm having surgery in 2 weeks to correct it. I had a second degree tear, and it healed badly- the perineum was not stitched up all the way (it's a good 2-3 cm below where it used to "start"), and there is a "pocket" that goes down and to the right inside, as well as a skin tag on the outside. Internally, the transverse muscle (and maybe bulbocavernosus)was not stitched together, so there is little to no muscle reaction on the right side. The only way to tell this for sure is an MRI (says the pelvic surgeon specialist i am going to).
What i'm curious about.... is if I actually had a sulcus tear from birth and no one told me, because the vaginal rugae tissue all along the right side and up about 3 inches inside- is just OPEN, which increases the diameter of my vagina by ALOT, it goes downward into a pocket as I said, and then just on and on until you hit bone. It's really weird. Is that a sulcus tear that wasn't stitched together?
I believe in the US, the term 3rd degree tear is used to describe a tear which extends to but not through the anal sphincter. By that definition it may be a 3rd degree tear. The person doing the repair may be able to tell you but there has probably been some healing so it may be difficult to tell the extent of the original injury.
Mother of two spectacular girls, born mid-2010 and late 2012