Surgery to remove part of the cervix (radical trachelectomy)
For some early cervical cancers, it is possible to remove most of the cervix, but leave enough behind so that you may be able to become pregnant and have a baby afterwards. This is called a radical trachelectomy. This can be done either by an open procedure, by laparoscopy or vaginally.
In this operation, your surgeon will try to remove all of the cancer, but leave behind the internal opening of the cervix. This operation can only be done if you have a small stage 1 cervical cancer.
Before the operation, your surgeon will not be able to promise you that trachelectomy is possible. They can’t tell for sure how far up into the cervix the cancer has grown.
Mr Chattopadhyay will try to remove all of the cancer, but leave behind the internal opening of the cervix. This is then stitched closed, leaving a small opening to allow the flow of your period to escape. The idea is that the stitch will support a growing pregnancy until the baby can be born by caesarean section.