Robotic Cervical Cerclage surgery is a minimally invasive surgical technique used to prevent premature delivery or miscarriage in women with a weak cervix.
The cervix is the lower part of the uterus that opens during childbirth. In some women, the cervix may become weak and open prematurely, leading to premature delivery or miscarriage. Cervical cerclage is a surgical procedure that involves stitching the cervix closed to prevent it from opening prematurely.
The Robotic Cervical Cerclage Procedure
Robotic cervical cerclage surgery is a variation of traditional cervical cerclage surgery that uses a robotic system to perform the procedure. The robotic system consists of a surgeon console, a patient cart, and robotic arms that hold surgical instruments. The surgeon sits at the console and controls the robotic arms to perform the surgery.
The robotic cervical cerclage surgery is performed under general anesthesia. The surgeon makes several small incisions in the abdomen and cervix to insert the robotic arms and instruments. The robotic arms hold the instruments and provide the surgeon with a 3D view of the surgical site. The surgeon controls the robotic arms from the console and uses the instruments to stitch the cervix closed.
Benefits of Robotic Cervical Cerclage
The robotic system provides several benefits over traditional cervical cerclage surgery
Robotic cervical cerclage surgery is a safe and effective treatment option for women with a weak cervix. It is especially useful for women who have had previous cervical surgeries or for those who have a short or scarred cervix. However, not all women are candidates for robotic cervical cerclage surgery. The surgeon will evaluate each patient’s individual case to determine if the procedure is appropriate.
Robotic Cervical Cerclage Surgery Recovery
After the surgery, the patient is usually able to go home the same day or the following day. Recovery time is typically shorter than with traditional cervical cerclage surgery. Patients may experience some discomfort, spotting, or vaginal discharge for a few days after the surgery.
You will be recommended to avoid certain activities such as sexual activity, heavy lifting, or strenuous activity for a few weeks after the surgery.
Robot-assisted cervical cerclage surgery is usually performed transvaginally between 12 and 14 weeks of gestation.