When a woman’s cervix are weak sometimes known as incompetent cervix, she is in a condition more likely to have the baby to born prematurely because cervix shortens or opens too early. So to prevent the premature labor, doctor will recommend a cervical cerclage.
A cerclage was used to avoid these early changes which are caused to a woman’s cervix, therefore preventing from premature labor. A closed cervix will helps a developing baby stay inside uterus till the mother reaches 37-38 weeks of the pregnancy.
Cervical cerclage helps to prevent the miscarriage or premature labor which is caused by cervical incompetence. This procedure is been successful in 85 – 90% of the cases. Cervical cerclage will appears to be effective when the true cervical incompetence exists, but regrettably the diagnosis of the cervical incompetence was very difficult & can be inaccurate.
WHEN CERVICAL CERCLAGE USED:
The best time for cervical cerclage procedure is in the 3rd month (12-14 weeks) of the pregnancy. Even though, some women will need a cerclage placed later in the pregnancy, & is necessary after the changes like opening or shortening of cervix was already begun.
CERVICAL CERCLAGE PROCEDURE:
For most of the women who have general, spinal, or epidural anesthesia for the pain control during performing procedure. Doctor will stitch the band of strong thread around cervix & the thread will be tightened to hold cervix tightly closed.
AFTER THE PROCEDURE:
- You should stay in the hospital for at least 24hrs to monitor for the premature contractions or labor.
- Immediately after the surgery you will experience light bleeding & mild cramping, which will stop after a few days. This will be followed by an increased thick vaginal discharge, which will continue for the rest of the pregnancy.
- You will receive medicationto prevent the infection or preterm labor.
- For 2 to 3 days after procedure was done, relax at home and avoid any unnecessary physical activity.