Unfortunately, cerclage has not been shown to increase your chances of carrying to term. The idea is that it MIGHT help and we don't have any evidence that it will HARM, so why not try it? The downside is that it can give you false hope. If you're going to have a premature baby, chances are that the cerclage won't stop it. I'm sorry to tell you this.
Keeping pressure off of your cervix with bedrest has been shown to be much more effective.
That said, the procedure is pretty simple. I doubt that you will need a pain med for home use. It's an outpatient procedure, and I'm pretty sure they only give you a local anesthetic, because that's all that's needed. Your doctor may or may not also recommend bedrest as much as possible.
I wish the very best for you!
at 10:24 AM on Jan. 7, 2010