Cervical cerclage

Cervical stitch

Cervical cerclage is when a female's cervix is stitched close, in order to prevent it opening early during pregnancy

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If your cervix (neck of the womb) is weak, it is at risk of opening too early during pregnancy. This can lead to a miscarriage or preterm delivery. The cervix is therefore stitched close to minimise this risk. Your gynaecological consultant can identify if and when your cervix requires treatment. 

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    Cerclage will be carried out under local or regional anaesthetic (such as a spinal injection). The surgical procedure is usually done through the vagina. Firstly, a speculum (an instrument with paddles shaped like spoons) is inserted into the vagina. This will spread the vaginal walls. The surgery itself may then be done in the following ways: - The outside of the cervix can be stitched - Special tape can be tied in place around the cervix and stitched in place - A very small incision is made in the cervix. This allows a special tape to be tied through the incision and the cervix to be closed
  • How to prepare icon plus

    Your consultant will explain how best to prepare for cerclage of the cervix, answering any questions you might have.
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    After surgery, your consultant will let you know when you can get back to your usual routine. Immediately following the procedure, the recovery process may include: - You will be cared for in a separate hospital room for four to six hours - You can go you home once you are able to walk and pass urine. This is unless a doctor feels it best you stay overnight in hospital - When you arrive home, you should rest for 48 hours. You may experience slight abdominable pain and/or vaginal bleeding - After one week you should be able to resume normal daily activities - Your consultant will advise you on when to attend a follow-up appointment

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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