Pelvic Pain After Cerclage
If you are experiencing pelvic pain after cerclage, you are not alone. This is a common complication for women who have had this surgery.
In this blog post, we will discuss the causes of pelvic pain after cerclage and the treatments that are available to you. We hope that this information will help you get relief from your symptoms and improve your quality of life.
What is cerclage?
Cerclage is a surgical procedure in which the cervix is closed with stitches to prevent pregnancy loss. This surgery is typically performed during the second trimester of pregnancy.
This procedure is usually performed when the cervix is found to be incompetent or weakened. This can happen for a variety of reasons, including:
- Previous pregnancy losses
- A history of preterm labor
- A short cervix
During the procedure, the doctor will place a suture around the cervix. The type of suture used will depend on the individual case.
The suture is then tied to secure the cervix in place. This helps to prevent the cervix from opening too early, which can lead to preterm labor or a miscarriage.
After the procedure, it is normal to experience some cramping and discomfort. This is usually mild and goes away on its own within a few days. However, some women may experience more severe pain. If the pain is severe or does not go away, it is important to contact your doctor.
Is pelvic pain after cerclage normal?
It is normal to experience some cramping and discomfort after a cerclage procedure. This is usually mild and goes away on its own within a few days.
However, some women may experience more severe pain. If the pain is severe or does not go away, it is important to contact your doctor.
What are the causes of pelvic pain after cerclage?
There are several potential causes of pelvic pain after a cerclage procedure. These include:
- Infection – Infection is a rare but serious complication of any surgery. If you experience fever, chills, redness, or swelling at the surgical site, you should contact your doctor immediately.
- Dislodged stitches – It is possible for the stitches to become dislodged after a cerclage procedure. This can cause pain and bleeding. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should contact your doctor.
- Hematoma – A hematoma is a collection of blood that can occur after any surgery. If you experience pain or swelling at the surgical site, you should contact your doctor.
- Seroma – A seroma is a collection of fluid that can occur after any surgery. If you experience pain or swelling at the surgical site, you should contact your doctor.
- Irritation of the cervix or surrounding tissues – The cervix is a very sensitive area. The stitches used in a cerclage can sometimes irritate the cervix or surrounding tissues. This can cause pain, bleeding, or discharge.
- Scar tissue formation – The stitches used in a cerclage can sometimes cause scar tissue to form. This can lead to pain or discomfort.
If you experience any of these complications, it is important to contact your doctor right away. Treatment will vary depending on the severity of the complication.
In most cases, however, the pain and discomfort should resolve within a few days or weeks. If you have any concerns, be sure to discuss them with your doctor.
Can cerclage cause pelvic floor dysfunction?
Pelvic floor dysfunction is a condition that can cause pain in the pelvic region. It is often caused by pregnancy or childbirth. Cerclage can sometimes contribute to this condition.
If you experience any symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction, such as pain during sex, urinary incontinence, or constipation, be sure to discuss them with your doctor.
What is the treatment for pelvic pain after cerclage?
The treatment for pelvic pain after cerclage will vary depending on the underlying cause.
If you have a UTI, your doctor will prescribe antibiotics that will clear the infection.
If you have a more serious infection, you may need to be hospitalized and treated with IV antibiotics. The same applies if you have a hematoma, seroma, or dislodged stitches.
If you have pelvic floor dysfunction, your doctor may recommend physical therapy to help improve your symptoms. You may also be prescribed medications to help relax the pelvic floor muscles.
Physical therapy and medications are often successful in treating pelvic pain after cerclage. However, in some cases, the pain may persist despite these treatments. If this is the case, your doctor may recommend that you have another cerclage procedure.
In some cases, surgery may be necessary to correct the underlying problem. However, this is usually only recommended if other treatments have failed.
Pelvic pain after cerclage can be a frustrating and painful condition. However, with proper treatment, most women are able to find relief from their symptoms. If you are experiencing pelvic pain, be sure to talk to your doctor so that you can get the treatment you need.
How Lake City PT can help
Lake City PT are experts in women’s health and can provide you with the care and treatment you need to find relief from your pelvic pain. We offer a wide range of physical therapy services, including pelvic floor physical therapy, which can help to relieve pain and improve function.
If you are suffering from pelvic pain after cerclage, or pelvic floor dysfunction of any kind, contact Lake City PT today to schedule a consultation. We will work with you to develop a treatment plan that is right for you and your unique needs.