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Cone biopsy

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Date: 2002-03-18

Question:
I have been diagnosed with an in situ cervical cancer. I was told it is farther in the inside of the cervix. My doctor suggested a cone biopsy. How will this affect my ability to have more children?

Answer:
The following information should not replace the assessment and advice you have been receiving from your physician (cancer specialist, obstetrician, or any other healthcare provider). It is offered for your information only

A cone biopsy will make the cervix shorter. This creates a small risk of losing a pregnancy with painless dilatation in the second trimester. However if a suture is inserted into the cervix in early pregnancy (12-14 weeks), this small risk can be almost eliminated. In addition, the length of the cervix could be measured with ultrasound during pregnancy and if it is not short or getting shorter the suture insertion (called cerclage) could be eliminated.

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