Current Obstetrics and Gynecology Reports

, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp 348–354 | Cite as

Laparoscopic Abdominal Cerclage

  • Nisse V. ClarkEmail author
  • Jon I. Einarsson
Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (S Puntambekar, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery


Purpose of Review

This article reviews the current state of the literature as regards to the indications, outcomes, and techniques of laparoscopic abdominal cerclage.

Recent Findings

Laparoscopic abdominal cerclage is a safe and effective method for the treatment of refractory cervical insufficiency or anatomic restriction to transvaginal cerclage placement. Laparoscopic cerclage has similar success rates to open abdominal cerclage and is the preferred approach given reduced blood loss, postoperative pain, length of stay, and cost. Laparoscopic placement prior to conception may improve feasibility of the procedure and decrease complications. Various surgical techniques to aid in suture placement have been described.


Laparoscopic cerclage is a highly successful intervention for the treatment of cervical insufficiency. Continued research is needed to further define the surgical and obstetric benefits of this method.


Laparoscopic cerclage Abdominal cerclage Surgical technique Cervical insufficiency 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

Nisse V. Clark and Jon I. Einarsson declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

All reported studies/experiments with human or animal subjects performed by the authors have been previously published and complied with all applicable ethical standards (including the Helsinki declaration and its amendments, institutional/national research committee standards, and international/national/institutional guidelines).


Papers of particular interest, published recently, have been highlighted as: • Of importance

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery, Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyBrigham and Women’s HospitalBostonUSA

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