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    Preterm Labor - Surgery

    Cervical cerclage is the placement of stitches in the cervix camera.gif to hold it closed during pregnancy. It is meant to stop the cervix from opening early, which could lead to miscarriage or preterm birth.

    It isn't used to treat preterm labor. But for a woman who has had a preterm birth in the past because her cervix didn't stay closed, cervical cerclage may prevent another preterm birth.1

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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