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What is laparoscopic abdominal cerclage?

A laparoscopic abdominal cerclage is performed to place a surgical seal around the uppermost part of your cervix near the transition with the uterine body. This surgery was typically done through traditional open surgery; however, new technological breakthroughs have allowed us to safely perform this through less invasive laparoscopic surgery. Laparoscopic surgery is performed with a tiny lighted tube, which is inserted through small incisions to get a better visualization of your abdominal and pelvic areas.

This procedure is performed in cases of cervical insufficiency in order to prevent pregnancy loss due to the cervix being too weak and opening too early. It is preferably performed before pregnancy for women who have experienced cervical complications in prior pregnancies. In addition, women who have suffered pregnancy loss, despite placement of a transvaginal cerclage, which is a procedure that uses stitches to reinforce the cervix, are also recommended for this procedure. An open procedure could be performed on a patient who is already pregnant.

Our approach

Laparoscopic abdominal cerclage surgery requires heightened accuracy and experience. At Northwell Health, our experts perform cutting-edge minimally invasive procedures with careful precision to offer you outstanding treatment and a full recovery.


Risks of laparoscopic abdominal cerclage include:

  • Bleeding
  • Possible injury to nearby organs
  • Infection
  • Future high-risk pregnancies

Preparing for treatment

Before your procedure, make sure you:

  • Follow instructions—Your doctor will ask you not to eat or drink the night before your surgery.
  • Ask questions—Our professionals are there to help you feel fully prepared for this procedure. We encourage you to ask questions about any concerns you may have.
  • Build healthy habits—Consider staying active and eating healthy to build up your strength for your upcoming operation.

What to expect after treatment

Because this procedure is less invasive, you can expect less postoperative pain and recovery time than you would with an open abdominal surgery.

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