After five miscarriages, 37-year-old Vaishali Deshmukh had lost hope that she could ever become a mother. However, following an innovative laparoscopic cerclage surgery, Vaishali and her husband Prashant, 32, became proud parents of a baby boy on June 14.
Married for eight years, Vaishali had four miscarriages in the fourth or fifth months of her pregnancy due to the weakness in her cervix (neck of the womb). Though the cervix was closed with a stitch taken vaginally during the third or fourth month of the pregnancy, the stitches would come off causing miscarriages.
“It was very tough. We were looking for a specialist and were planning to approach Lilavati Hospital or the United States. Then, we learnt about Dr Sandeep Mane’s Origin International Fertility Centre,” said Prashant, an engineer with a multinational company.
When the Thane residents approached Dr Mane, Vaishali was pregnant. The cervix was again stitched through the vagina. However, the treatment failed and she had her fifth miscarriage.
“After conducting a series of tests, it was found that the cervix was irreparable vaginally. So, we had only two options– surrogacy or stitching the cervix through a cut on the tummy. Apart from bleeding and complications, a cut on the tummy had too many risks. But the couple was not ready for surrogacy,” said Dr Mane.
When Vaishali conceived again in December 2010, the couple decided to opt for the innovative surgery. “We decided to conduct a minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery in which the stitch could be taken through small cuts on the tummy. As she was pregnant, the curved needle used in the operation too had to be reshaped,” said Dr Mane.
Following the surgery, Vaishali was put on complete bed rest. During the sixth month of her pregnancy, her blood pressure shot up due to anxiety. But, came back to normal later. However, she started bleeding in the eighth month. Since the ultrasound scan showed a healthy baby, a caesarean section was carried out and the baby was delivered on July 14.