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What is a Cervical Cerclage?

Cervical Cerclage is a surgical procedure in which the cervix is closed during pregnancy. This helps to prevent or treat premature labor or preterm birth. Premature birth happens when the women's cervix is weak [incompetent cervix] or opens too early. By this surgery, the cervix is closed and helps the baby to stay inside the uterus until the mother reaches 37-38 weeks of pregnancy. The cervix is the lower part of the uterus which extends into the vagina.

What are the advantages of Cervical Cerclage?

Some of the advantages of Cervical Cerclage are:

  1. Prevents premature birth
  2. Closes the cervix which is damaged
  3. Treats the shortening or opening of the cervix
  4. Prevents miscarriage

What are the indications of Cervical Cerclage?

Cervical Cerclage is indicated if there is a chance for premature birth by the early opening of the cervix or weak cervix.

What is the preparation for Cervical Cerclage?

  1. Baby's vital signs and birth defects will be monitored by using ultrasound.
  2. The doctor will collect cervical secretions to check for infection.
  3. One should know all the benefits, risks, and complications associated with Cervical Cerclage.
  4. Discuss with the doctor about past and present medical and medication history.
  5. Take all the medications as instructed by the doctor.
  6. The patient should sign a consent form before the surgery.

What are the steps involved in Cervical Cerclage?

General steps involved in Cervical Cerclage are the following:

  1. The patient will be sedated with anesthesia.
  2. The surgeon will insert a speculum into the vagina and grasp the cervix with forceps.
  3. Ultrasound will be used for guidance and then, the cervix will be stitched around the outside and ties the end of the sutures.

What is the postprocedure care/recovery care for Cervical Cerclage?

  1. After the procedure, the surgeon will use an ultrasound to check the baby's condition.
  2. The doctor may prescribe antibiotics to avoid infection.
  3. There may be a pain at the site of operation.
  4. Painkillers will be prescribed by the doctor to reduce the pain.

Who can perform Cervical Cerclage [Right specialist for Cervical Cerclage]?

Cervical Cerclage may be performed by:

  1. General Surgeon with experience in performing Cervical Cerclage
  2. Obstetrician
  3. Gynecologist

What is the cost of Cervical Cerclage?

Cost of Cervical Cerclage depends on factors such as:

  1. Admission fee
  2. Doctor fee
  3. Age of the patient
  4. The medical condition of the patient
  5. Post-surgical complications that are involved
  6. Type of hospital
  7. The admission room that you opted for
  8. Any other lab tests or examination tests such as X-ray, ECG, etc.

The minimum cost of Cervical Cerclage in India starts from Rs.27,000

An average expense of Cervical Cerclage in India is approximately Rs.58,000

The maximum amount to be paid for Cervical Cerclage in India rises up to Rs.95,000

Is Cervical Cerclage major surgery or minor surgery? 

Cervical Cerclage can be either a major or minor procedure depending on the patient's medical condition.

What is the eligibility criteria for Cervical Cerclage?

People who can undergo Cervical Cerclage are:

  1. Women with a weak cervix.
  2. Women who have a history of miscarriage.
  3. Women whose cervix has a chance to open or widen early.

What is the ineligibility criteria for Cervical Cerclage?

People who cannot undergo Cervical Cerclage are:

  1. Women with allergic reactions to anesthesia.
  2. Women suffering from active vaginal infections.
  3. Women with twins or higher-order pregnancy.

What are the risks and complications associated with Cervical Cerclage?

Risks and Complications associated with Cervical Cerclage are:

  1. Bleeding
  2. Infection
  3. Water breakage
  4. Suture displacement
  5. Premature contractions

How long does it take to complete Cervical Cerclage?

Cervical Cerclage may take almost 30 minutes to complete and sometimes it may take more than the usual time depending on the condition of the patient.

What is the success rate of Cervical Cerclage?

The success rate of Cervical Cerclage depends on the following factors:

  1. Age of the patient
  2. The medical condition of the patient
  3. Experience of the surgeon

However, the success rate of Cervical Cerclage maybe 85% to 90%.

Is Cervical Cerclage painful?

Every surgery comes with a certain level of pain and some discomfort. You won't be experiencing pain during this process because you will be under anesthesia.

Is Cervical Cerclage permanent?

This surgery is not permanent as the stitch is removed before the birth of a baby.

What are the long-term results of Cervical Cerclage?

  1. Prevents premature birth
  2. Pain in the vagina
  3. Bleeding

Can Cervical Cerclage be detected in the future?

It cannot be detected in the future as the stitches are removed during the 37th week of pregnancy.

What are the options if Cervical Cerclage fails?

If Cervical Cerclage fails, then the doctor may recommend revision surgery.

What are the alternatives for Cervical Cerclage?

For a few patients, Progesterone therapy may be an alternative for Cervical Cerclage.