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Cerclage
 
A procedure used to temporarily stitch the cervix closed in pregnant women with a history of premature delivery caused by an incompetent cervix. Cerclage sutures are usually placed at 10 to 15 weeks' gestation

The most commonly utilized cerclage is the McDonald cerclage shown at right. Two other types of cerclage are the Shirodkar cerclage which is placed underneath the skin of the cervix, and the abdominal cerclage which is placed around the lower part of the uterus through an abdominal incision.


McDonald cerclage

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