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Radical Vaginal Trachelectomy (Cervicectomy)

Jennifer Zinga and her family
Jennifer Mason Zinga was a mom of two who dreamed of becoming a mom of three. When diagnosed with cervical cancer, she wasn't ready to give up hope. After radical vaginal trachelectomy, Jennifer and her husband, Tim, welcomed their third son to the family. » Read Jennifer's story.

The University of Chicago Medicine is one of few hospitals nationwide -- and the only one in Illinois -- offering radical vaginal trachelectomy (RVT), a fertility-preserving surgical option for the treatment of cervical cancer. Our experts in gynecologic oncology and maternal fetal medicine work together to help women experience successful pregnancies after having this procedure.

What Is Radical Vaginal Trachelectomy?

Hysterectomy (removal of the uterus) is commonly recommended as an effective treatment for cervical cancer, yet it leaves women unable to conceive. Radical vaginal trachelectomy offers an alternative.

Also called trachelectomy, radical trachelectomy, or cervicectomy, this procedure requires removal of the cervix, surrounding tissue and the upper two centimeters of the vagina. The uterus is then connected to the remaining portion of the upper vagina, and a cerclage replaces the cervix. With her uterus in tact and a cerclage in place, the woman may still conceive and carry a pregnancy.