What is a surgical abortion?
A “D&C” abortion procedure, also known as a “1st Trimester Surgical Abortion” is a gentle “in-clinic” procedure used to terminate pregnancies of 5 to 14 weeks. In contrast to the “Non Surgical Abortion” or “Abortion Pill” method, the D&C surgical abortion is performed under the direct supervision of our staff physician and requires only a single visit. Most D&C procedures are completed in a matter of minutes, during which time the patient is completely asleep.
What should I expect at my visit?
The D&C surgical procedure requires an office visit which will last approximately 2-3 hours. Following the initial paperwork, ultrasound, lab work, and pre-op examination, the procedure is performed in a safe and secure operating room by one of our highly skilled and licensed OB/GYN surgeons. If you choose to be asleep for your procedure, general anesthesia is provided under the supervision of a highly trained and licensed CRNA. Following the surgical procedure, the patient is then taken to our general recovery room where licensed nurses and medical assistants monitor patient recovery. Prior to discharge, post-operative instructions, medications, and birth control are provided for continued recovery at home.
How safe is a "D&C" or "1st Trimester Surgical Abortion" ?
A D&C surgical procedure is a very safe method of pregnancy termination with the risk of serious harm or death far below that associated with routine childbirth. In general, serious risk of infection, bleeding, or death associated with a D&C surgical procedure are far below 1%
How effective is a “D&C” or “1st Trimester Surgical Abortion”?
The D&C surgical procedure has a success rate approaching 99%. On very rare occasions, a second surgical procedure may be recommended or required to treat subsequent problems or concerns. Of course, all follow-up care is provided at no additional cost to the patient.
Do I need to come in for a follow up appointment?
While a 1st trimester surgical abortion is both very safe and usually effectively completed in one office visit, we routinely request a follow-up visit after your procedure. It is important that you come in for your follow-up appointment for us to check that the abortion was successful, and also make sure that you do not have any complications .