Comparing smooth and braided fibres for a stitch to keep the cervix closed during early pregnancy.

Every year, some women in UK have complications where their cervix (the neck of the womb) becomes loose and opens during pregnancy. A stitch may be sewn into the cervix to try to keep it closed. This is called ‘cervical suture’ or ‘cervical cerclage’. Without a stitch, the cervix can open too early, resulting in miscarriage or premature birth. Putting a stitch into the cervix does not guarantee to keep the cervix closed, but it can sometimes let the pregnancy continue for a few more weeks.

Most UK consultants use braided threads simply because they have been used traditionally and are thought to be strong. But some surgeons were concerned that braided stitches can increase the risk of infection, which could spread upwards into the womb and cause serious complications during pregnancy for both the mother and her baby.

The C-STICH study compared what happens in pregnancies when smooth and braided stitches are used. 

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