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What is a cervical cerclage?

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If you’re pregnant and your doctor thinks your baby might arrive too early or that you could miscarry because of a weak cervix, she may do something called a cervical cerclage. This surgery is also called a cervical stitch. It’s done to keep your cervix closed. The cervix is a funnel-shaped tissue that opens during childbirth so the baby can move out of the uterus and through the vagina. You can have the procedure done at a hospital or a surgical center. Patients usually go home the same day.

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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