Cerclage Placement Specialist
Women's Obstetrics and Gynecology
Prematurely delivering a baby is cause for many risks. To avoid such a situation, our doctors at Women’s Obstetrics and Gynecology offer cervical cerclage placement procedures to support a weak cervix from opening early. Contact our practice in Fairfield County, Connecticut to hear our expert opinions on this procedure.
Cerclage Placement Q & A
What is cerclage placement?
Should I undergo cervical cerclage?
- An incompetent cervix or cervical insufficiency and previous second-trimester pregnancy losses or deliveries
- Has had a history of preterm birth and has a finding of short cervical length in the current pregnancy
- Has a dilated cervix on examination at 16 to 23 weeks of gestation
If I qualify, when should I get a cervical cerclage?
What does a cervical cerclage procedure entail?
If it’s too late for these earlier procedures due to a late diagnosis, your amniotic sac may begin to protrude through your cervix. Your doctor will then insert a catheter through the cervix to inflate a bulb at the end. Another option involves filling the bladder with liquid to push the amniotic sac back into the pelvis so that the cervix can be stitched closed.
What risks are involved in cervical cerclage?
- Damage to the cervix during surgery
- Excessive blood loss
- Preterm premature rupture of membranes (pPROM), meaning your water breaks long before due
- Preterm labor
- Permanent narrowing or closure of the cervix (cervical stenosis)
- Tearing of the cervix or uterus if stitches are still in place during labor