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Does cerclage effect future pregnancy?

Does cerclage effect future pregnancy?

Denpends: You need to know why are you getting a cerclage. If this is because of cervical insufficiency, you might need a cerclage with your next pregnancies. ...Read more

Dr. Cynthia Palabrica
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Cerclage (Definition)

If you have a history of cervical insufficiency, or if your cervix appears short on an ultrasound, you may be offered a cerclage. A cerclage is a surgical procedure that involves stitching the cervix closed with a strong thread for the full-term of the pregnancy. After having a cerclage, a woman is usually prescribed medication to prevent a surgery-related miscarriage. The stitches are removed around the ninth month of pregnancy, or sooner if labor commences, ...Read more


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When is a cerclage indicated for pregnancy?

When is a cerclage indicated for pregnancy?

Incompetent Cervix: A cerclage is indicated when there is a history of early pregnancy loss with no contractions, advanced dilation, and are often difficult to predict. Your OB history is important to help assess who's at risk & for surveillance. Cervical length by us is helpful to assess cervical competency & "beaking" (membranes folding into cervix) is a strong us sign. I usually perform cerclages @ 12-14 weeks. ...Read more

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How many ladies have had a cerclage and the pregnancy gone ok?

Many: Many of my patients have had successful cerclages and delivered at term. The argument is whether bedrest alone is just as good as a cerclage and rest.... I tell my patients that each pregnancy is different and has different risks. What works for one, may not work for another. Usually cerclages after 18 weeks are higher risk and not as successful as ones done earlier in pregnancy. ...Read more

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When the doctor can remove a cerclage later in pregnancy do you have to go thru labor after the removal?

Eventually: The cerclage is typically removed around week 35-36 i most cases assuming the plan is to have a vaginal delivery. It is not possible to predict when the onset of labor will begin. It could be hours, days, weeks depending on the individual. ...Read more

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Can a transabdominal cerclage be performed before pregnancy?

Yes: Transabdominal cerclage is more risky than the typical cerclage done through the vagina, and women who need one cannot always find a local surgeon with enough experience to perform the procedure safely. It is best for a woman to speak with a local OB and find out if any cerclage is needed and who are the most experienced physicians to determine if this one is indicated and to perform the procedure. ...Read more

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Lost baby in 21 weeks due to PTL. Fetal autopsy result came back normal. Should i ask for cerclage for the next pregnancy? or choose wait-and-see

Lost baby in 21 weeks due to PTL. Fetal autopsy result came back normal. Should i ask for cerclage for the next pregnancy? or choose wait-and-see

Depends on details: It is important to discuss with your doctor the details surrounding this loss now while the information is fresh. There are basically 3 causes of loss - preterm labor, preterm ruptured membranes and an incompetent cervix. Later on it can be hard to determine but now in the moment is the time to narrow down the cause so that a plan for the future can be created. 17 OH P should be used regardless ...Read more

Dr. James Lin
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more