(Closed) Cervical cerclage (“stitch”)

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

@xstine515:  I haven’t had one myself, but I had a friend that did and it wasn’t a big deal for her at all. 🙂 

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Yup ive had it done!

 

I found out at 11weeks i needed it within the week.

It wasnt to bad, its usually done under local/spinal block, but i wanted to be sleep for the whole thing.  it was done transvaginal. Much better healing process. 

I had a high risk pregnancy to begin with (high risk of pre term labour) so having a short cervix just added to it, but luckily my obs picked it up and put a stitch in it.

My pregnancy went ok – had a few other probs, my girl was in breech the whole time which meant she kept kicking my stitch which made it a bit sore.

 

I opted to have the stitch removed when she was born, but if we do have another child ill need to have a stiched put in pretty much asap!

 

This was over a year now, so details are a bit fuzzy.  I hope this puts you are ease knowing someone else went through it 🙂

 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I have a few friends who have had cervical cerclages put in. They can literally be a lifesaver as they can be the difference of an extreme premature birth and a term baby. Good luck!

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I had this procedure done as well. LittleMissHappy summed it up very well. It’s an outpatient procedure. I went in on a Friday, was out by the next day. I also have a short cervix and was told I’ll need to have the same procedure done for my next pregnancy. It was a bit over 5 years ago now, so my memory may be slightly fuzzy, but I definitely don’t remember it being painful. I do remember feeling yucky after the epidural wore off though. But no pain.

The rest of my pregnancy wasn’t smooth, but it had nothing to do with the cerclage. I was diagnosed with preeclampsia @ 32 weeks, and had to deliver early. My OB removed the cerclage so I could deliver, but then ended up having an emergency c-section.

When my daughter was in the NICU for a few weeks, I met two other women who delivered early because of a short cervix and some their babies were born at 27 weeks and 28 weeks, so I was very thankful that I had the procedure done!

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Thanks xstine515! Best of luck to you!! <3

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@xstine515:   I nearly went full term, i experienced 4 hours of natural contractions before getting emergency c-section. I was also worried about tearing my stitch, but as soon as my waters broke i rang the hospital and told them i was coming in and i had a stitch. My dr works at the hospital and as soon as i mentioned his name they knew not to mess around with me (the dr only dealt with special cases).

The dr would hav removed the stitch whilst still pregnant if my daughter turned, so i could have a natural labour. But my girl was stuck (breech) so the stitch was removed right after she was pulled out.

Our girl was healthy and didnt hav any complications.

I hav no doubt we would hav lost our girl if it wasnt for the stitch, and i reckon i wouldnt hav the strenght to try again. We are truely blessed to hav her

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Try not to worry and stop looking that stuff up online! Do you remember reading online about the LEEP before you got it done? I did and it terrified me, the actual procedure went 100x better than all of the horrorible things I saw on WebMD.

When you get pregnanct just make sure your doctor knows about the LEEP. They will monitor you closely, if they don’t I would consider another doctor. I am a high risk patient and see my doctor for a checkup 1x per month and then have an ultrasound 1x per month, so I technically have an appointment every two weeks. My doctor is just monitoring me very closely and said that in 80% of women who have had the LEEP nothing needs to be done. He informed me that he will monitor me closely and if he finds a problem with my cervix will take the neccesary actions.

 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I’m not pregnant yet, but I agree with @roxy821:  I had a LEEP done two years ago. I remember they told me that cervical incompetence can be a side effect, but there will likely be no issues with me carrying a baby to term. Just because of the chance that it might happen, they will monitor me more closely once I’m pregnant.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@xstine515:  I had a LEEP done about 2 1/2 years ago due to an abnormal pap. I didnt have to have one done my doctor said, but of course my paranoid self had one anyways because I was SO freaked out about it progressing. When I became pregnant, I made sure to tell my new OB about my LEEP and she said they do have a special protocol in place to monitor the cervix for these situations. She did say that most of the time, nothing needs to be done and there are no complications, but they like to monitor it anyways just to be safe. She measured my cervix at my 8 week appt and said it looks nice and long, and they will keep checking for any shortening at each appt, so just because you have a LEEP done does not mean you will need a cerclage put in. Now a days, they are very conservative with the amount they take off during a LEEP. I heard there were more problems 15+ years ago with the cone biopsies and leeps performed then, but now a days there are very conservative.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I had the LEEP done back in 2006. I had no problems during my pregnancy.

However, if you want to do some (not too scary) reading on it, I recommend Snarky Mommy’s website (http://snarkymommy.com/?tag=incompetent-cervix). She has had three kids and had a cerclage for all three. She found out in Sept 2006 about her cervix and documented each step of the process (the worry, the insertion of the cerclage, the subsequent bedrest, the removal, the actual birth) for each pregnancy and it’s pretty interesting.

But I wouldn’t assume it’ll happen. I think a leep has like a 2% or something chance of causing complications in pregnancies .

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