Knowledge is the best defense. This is one of those times when a patient has to be her own best advocate. She has to ask these questions in order to make family planning decisions in the future.
I have a friend who had a LEEP procedure and she somehow missed the part about cervical incompetency. She nearly lost her baby. Her OB/GYN did the cerclage procedure and she carried her daughter to term, but if she had known more about the LEEP procedure to start with, she probably would have been more tuned in to what was going on. Fortunately, her OB was looking out for her and found the incompetent cervix issue during an exam. It was a close shave, though.