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Cervical Cerclage

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The cervix of a pregnant woman can become weak and shorten before time, making the pregnancy suffer a miscarriage at a late stage, or go through birth before term. The surgical treatment of stitching the cervix for this problem is known as cervical cerclage. The technique consists of a strong suture that is sewn into and around the cervix early in the pregnancy. It is usually performed between weeks 12 to 14 and then removed towards the end of the pregnancy the risk of miscarriage has passed. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia, usually by way of a spinal block.