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A 31-year-old female asked:

what is the "cerclauge" procedure like?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Stitch in the cervix: A cerclage is a simple surgical procedure where the doctor places a stitch in the cervix to provide support during pregnancy. This procedure is for women who have an incompetent cervix and can not hold the baby in for the duration of the pregnancy. The procedure is very short and can be done in a few minutes under general or spinal anesthesia.
Dr. Brad Douglas
Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 years experience
See below: This is essentially a 'purse string' suture around the cervix with thick suture material.
Dr. Karen Jones
Obstetrics and Gynecology 37 years experience
Cerclage: A cerclage is a stitch placed around the cervix during pregnancy to help support a weak cervix. It is done through the vagina under a general or spinal anesthesia. People often stay in the hospital for a few days after it is done if the cervix was open prior to the procedure. Complications include infection, premature labor or breaking the bag of water.

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A 28-year-old member asked:

If I need a cerclage, when will the doctor insert it?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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After 12 weeks: Usually women who need a cerclage have a history of lossing a pregnancy around 16 to 22 weeks. Generally women with an incompetent cervix will dilate painlessly. If a woman has such a history she may receive a cerclage or a stitch around the cervix to prevent it from opening. Generally such a cerclage would be placed after 12 weeks when the risk of a miscarriage is fairly low.
Dr. Alan Patterson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 42 years experience
usually 13-16 weeks , as soon as u get out of the 1st trimester, sometimes the problem is not discovered until later so it can be placed usually but not always successfully if it is discovered at a later date
Oct 2, 2013
CA
A 24-year-old member asked:

Are there any doctors who do transabdominal cerclages in california?

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Dr. Tracy Berg
General Surgery 32 years experience
Very rare procedure: Transabdominal cerclage is a rare procedure. Usually done for pregnancy related cervix insufficiency (or failure) in a patient with a failed regularly placed cerclage with the current or prior pregnancy. If this is your situation, you should be able to get a referral to a high risk obgyn close to you, from your regular doctor or your local hospital OB department. Good luck.
A 47-year-old member asked:

What are we talking about when we say cerclage?

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Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Cervical pursestring: Cerclage is a purse string type suture around the cervix to keep it closed for patient's who lose repeated pregnancies due to a inappropriately opening or incompetent cervix.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Can mcdonald cerclage fail?

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Dr. Alan Patterson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 42 years experience
Yes, unfortunately: That can happen, no guarantee when u get one that it will work.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How much time does the cerclage placement take?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Minutes: This is a simple procedure. The actual surgical time is a only a few minutes.

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