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Dr. Adam Lewis
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Transabdominal Cerclage (Overview)

A transabdominal cerclage is when the cervix is stitched closed but is done very high on the cervix through an abdominal incision. It is done for women with cervical insufficiency who have either failed two or more previous traditional cerclages (where the cervix is stitched shut from a vaginal approach) or when a transvaginal cerclage is technically impossible to perform. The surgery is performed before pregnancy occurs or during the early part of pregnancy, at 11-14 weeks.


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Is the laprascoptic transabdominal cerclage the most effective of all the cerclages?

Is the laprascoptic transabdominal cerclage the most effective of all the cerclages?

Not really: A transvaginal approach called a mcdonald cerclage is the most common and most studies technique. Abdominal cerclages are reserved for those who fail a mcdonald cerclage. ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Lewis
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Transabdominal Cerclage (Overview)

A transabdominal cerclage is when the cervix is stitched closed but is done very high on the cervix through an abdominal incision. It is done for women with cervical insufficiency who have either failed two or more previous traditional cerclages (where the cervix is stitched shut from a vaginal approach) or when a transvaginal cerclage is technically impossible to perform. The surgery is performed before pregnancy occurs or during the early part of pregnancy, at 11-14 weeks.


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How soon can I get a transabdominal cerclage put in after a d & c at 21 weeks.

Months: If your doctor is sure this is what you need, then i would probably wait 2-3 months for your uterus to recover from the pregnancy loss and shrink down to it's normal size and vascularity prior to undergoing an abdominal cerclage. There are some specialists who can do this procedure laparoscopically, which may be less invasive, and with a faster recovery. Good luck to you in the future. ...Read more

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Any doctors in california experienced in performing a transabdominal cerclage?

MFMs : There are many. Try university-based maternal fetal medicine docs. If you're in pasadena, check usc. Also uc irvine. ...Read more

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If i had a transvaginal cerclage and it failed what should I do? Would i be a candidate for a transabdominal cerclage?

Not necessarily: Most experts recommend reserving this procedure for patients that have cervical insufficiency who have had either failed 2 or more cervical cerclages or in a patient where a cervical cerclage cannot be placed (ex: significant shortening, scarring, or cervical laceration). ...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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Are there any doctors who do transabdominal cerclages in california?

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. ...Read more

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Are there any maternal fetal medicine doctors that perform transabdominal cerclages in houston, texas? I am having difficulty locating any. Thank you

Cerclage: i would go to a Perinatologist in Houston first of all to determine if a cerclage and in particular, a TA cerclage is indicated in your situation. I'm not aware of anyone in particular in the Houston area that does TA cerclages. The top people in the country that perform TA cerclages are: Dr. Haney in Indianoplis ;Dr. Summerland in Chicago and Dr. Davis in NJ. I'm sure that there are also others. ...Read more

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Can mcdonald cerclage fail?

Yes: Transvaginal cerclages can fail for many different reasons. These types of procedures are reserved for women that have been diagnosed with cervical insufficiency. If you have experienced a pregnancy loss in the second trimester and if you have failed a transvaginal cerclage discuss with your doctor the possibiity of a pre-conceptual transabdominal cerclage (tac) for the next pregnancy. ...Read more

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Is having a cervical cerclage dangerous?

Cerclage: as with any procedure there are risks. As procedures go a cerclage is at the lower end of the risk scale. Be sure to discuss with your OB. ...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