Background
Transabdominal cerclage can reduce the risk of preterm birth in women with cervical insufficiency.

Aims
This study evaluated outcomes following insertion of a laparoscopic transabdominal cerclage in pregnant women.

Materials and methods
A retrospective observational study. Patients: pregnant women who underwent laparoscopic transabdominal cerclage from 2011 to 2017. Eligible women had cervical insufficiency and were not suitable for a transvaginal cerclage. Intervention: the insertion of a laparoscopic transabdominal cerclage in the pregnancy. Measurements: neonatal survival, delivery of an infant at ≥34 weeks gestation and surgical morbidity were evaluated.

Results
Of 19 women who underwent laparoscopic transabdominal cerclage in pregnancy, at 6–11 weeks gestation, the perinatal survival rate was 100%. There were no complications. The average gestational age at delivery was 37.1 weeks. Sixteen women delivered after 34 weeks.

Conclusions
Laparoscopic transabdominal cerclage is a safe and effective procedure in women with poor obstetric histories. It requires the correct skill, expertise and patient selection.