Q: What is the Pfannenstiel incision?
A: The Pfannenstiel incision is a horizontal skin incision made just above the symphysis pubis (pubic bone). It is the most popular skin incision made for a cesarean section, and it is also known as the 'bikini cut.'
The Pfannenstiel incision was named after Hermann Johann Pfannestiel who lived from 1862 to 1909. In 1902 he became professor and chairman of the department of obstetrics and gynecology in the University of Giessen (Germany), and in 1907 he moved into a similar position in Kiel. In 1909 he died at age 47 from an infection to his hand following surgery for removal of an infected ovarian cyst.