Am J Perinatol 2008; 25(10): 653-655
DOI: 10.1055/s-0028-1090591
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Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Placement of Transabdominal Cerclage During Pregnancy

Lynlee Wolfe1 , Stephen DePasquale2 , C. David Adair3 , Carlos Torres3 , Shawn Stallings3 , Christian Briery3 , Christy Pearce1
  • 1Department of OB/GYN, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • 2GYN/ONC Division, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • 3MFM Division, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, Chattanooga, Tennessee
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Publication Date:
08 October 2008 (online)


Cervical incompetence treated with transabdominal cerclage can carry significant morbidity with the need for sequential laparotomies and necessitating prolonged postoperative recovery. Laparoscopic transabdominal cerclage placement has been described but has significant limitations with only two-dimensional depth perception and limited dexterity. Robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery (RALS) is rapidly gaining acceptance in gynecologic surgery. RALS has reportedly been used for placement of an interval transabdominal cerclage. We report the first two cases where the da Vinci® robot was used during pregnancy for placement of abdominal cerclage. Two women were successfully treated with robotic-assisted laparoscopic placement of transabdominal cerclage in pregnancy. Robotic-assisted laparoscopic transabdominal cerclage placement is less invasive and is effective not only as an interval procedure but also during pregnancy, offering the patient an alternative to the traditional laparotomy with quicker recovery time.


Lynlee Wolfe, M.D. 

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, The University of Tennessee- Chattanooga

979 E. Third St., Chattanooga, TN 37403

Email: [email protected]