Objectives: The aim of this study was to evaluate the results of the patients who underwent cervical cerclage placement and the contribution of this intervention to the maintenance of pregnancy.
Methods: Data of 29 patients who underwent cervical cerclage placement due to cervical insufficiency in Ataturk University Medical Faculty Obstetrics and Gynecology Department Between January 2002 and April 2007 were retrospectively analyzed.
The patient’s age, gestational week, history of abortion, history of previous cervical cerclage, preoperative measurement of cervical length, types of cerclage and delivery weeks were recorded and analysed.
Results: The patient’s ages were between 24 and 43 years. Weeks of gestation were between 12 weeks 2 days and 26 weeks and 1 day. Nineteen patient’s cervical lengths were less than 20 mm by transvaginal ultrasonography. Eight of patients had funneling sign by transvaginal ultrasonography. Sixteen patients treated with prophylactic cervical cerclage, thirteen women treated with therapeutical cerclage. The cervical lengths of twenty one patients were over 20 mm after the procedure. Five patients reached term.
Conclusion: The patient who has risk for cervical insufficiency should be followed with serial ultrasound examination and cervical cerclage should be performed when needed. The prophylactic cerclaje process is still best choice for patients with the history of two or more painless 2nd trimester or early 3rd trimester abortion that typical for cervical incompetence.