Prematurely delivering a baby is cause for many risks. To avoid such a situation, the gynecologists at Rodeo Drive Women’s Health Center -- Dr. Peter Weiss, Dr. Rebecca Brown, Dr. Kathleen Valenton, Dr. Jennifer Chen, and Dr. Quy Nguyen -- offer cervical cerclage placement procedures to support a weak cervix from opening early. Contact their practice located in Beverly Hills, California to hear their expert opinions on this procedure.
Cervical cerclage functions to prevent preterm delivery. It involves the placement of stitches on the cervix to keep it from opening prematurely. Since the cervix is the outlet of the uterus, it’s a preventive measure for an “incompetent cervix.”
Rodeo Drive Women’s Health Center’s OB/GYN specialists perform a cervical cerclage on women who have:
Cervical cerclage is done preventively around 12 to 14 weeks before the cervix thins out. It’s also performed as an emergency measure after the cervix has thinned or dilated, although rarely used after 24 weeks.
Your doctor puts you under either general or regional anesthesia before the operation. A speculum is inserted into your vagina to keep the vaginal walls spread apart. Then the operation is performed by placing special stitches around the outside of the cervix.
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.
Cervical cerclage procedures pose small chances for risks in the right candidates. They’re proven to help some high-risk pregnancies endure longer. However, as with any surgery, risks are inevitable. These surgical risks include:
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"I instantly knew Dr. Valenton would be my new go to OBGYN when delivering my second baby (19 years after my first born) after our initial appointment."
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"Dr. Nguyen went above and beyond during the consultation and the exam, but what really stood out was how well he explained everything thoroughly and had the patience..."
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