Removal of an Abdominal Cerclage by Colpotomy: A Novel and Minimally Invasive Technique

Nicole B. Burger*, Eline M. van ‘t Hof, Judith A.F. Huirne

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Abdominal cerclage is an effective treatment for cervical incompetence in patients with a previously failed vaginal cerclage or with anatomic restrictions to a vaginal cerclage. Management of second trimester complications that warrant a delivery impose a complex clinical situation in patients with an abdominal cerclage. We report 3 cases of successful removal of an abdominal cerclage by posterior and anterior colpotomy in the second trimester of pregnancy. This new and minimally invasive surgical technique avoids the need for extensive dilation, laparoscopy, or laparotomy to remove the cerclage and allow a vaginal delivery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1636-1639
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2020

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