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How is a cervical cerclage done?

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The surgery is either done through the vagina (transvaginal) or the belly (transabdominal):

  • Transvaginal: This is the most common way to do the procedure. Your doctor will use a tool called a speculum to hold your vagina open in order to reach the cervix. She’ll then stitch the cervix closed.
  • Transabdominal: You might need this surgery if you had a cervical stitch before and it didn’t work. You may also have it if your cervix is too short. Your doctor will make a small cut in your belly. She may need to pull your uterus up to reach your cervix and close it.

From: What Is Cervical Cerclage? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Cervical Cerclage,” “Pelvic Exam.”

March of Dimes: “Ultrasound During Pregnancy.”

International Anesthesia Research Society: “Cervical Cerclage: Anesthesia Management.”

American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine: “Regional Anesthesia for Surgery.”

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on January 20, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Cervical Cerclage,” “Pelvic Exam.”

March of Dimes: “Ultrasound During Pregnancy.”

International Anesthesia Research Society: “Cervical Cerclage: Anesthesia Management.”

American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine: “Regional Anesthesia for Surgery.”

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on January 20, 2018

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