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Surgical & non-surgical treatment of incompetent cervix, including cerclage placement

Also known as cervical insufficiency, an incompetent cervix is the result of weak cervical tissue that could lead to premature labor. If left untreated, it could lead to the loss of your baby. This is why it’s important to manage and treat incompetent cervix early on.

Symptoms of an incompetent cervix include:

  • Feeling of pelvic pressure
  • Backache
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Light bleeding
  • Change in discharge

Cervical traumas, congenital problems, and D&C (dilation and curettage) can all lead to an incompetent cervix.

Treatment of an incompetent cervix can involve several components. Ultrasounds may be used to monitor any changes in your cervix length between weeks 15 and 24 of pregnancy, while a procedure known as cervical cerclage may be used to stitch your cervical opening closed. The suture is removed about a month prior to delivery.

Cerclage is most commonly performed on women who are earlier than 24 weeks pregnant. Another option to prevent preterm labor caused by an incompetent cervix is the use of progesterone shots.

Every pregnancy is different and Dr. Longoria is committed to using his years of experience to determine the best treatment method for your needs.