Surgical Abortion


Dilation and curettage (D&C) is a procedure to remove tissue from inside your uterus. Doctors perform dilation and curettage to diagnose and treat certain uterine conditions — such as heavy bleeding — or to clear the uterine lining after a miscarriage or abortion.

In a dilation and curettage — sometimes spelled “dilatation” and curettage — your doctor uses small instruments or a medication to open (dilate) your cervix — the lower, narrow part of your uterus. Your doctor then uses a surgical instrument called a curette to remove uterine tissue. 

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Surgical Abortion FAQ

The method used is vacuum aspiration. A small tube is inserted into the uterus, and aspiration or suction is used to empty the contents of the uterus.

We make every effort to ensure that you will be as comfortable as possible during the abortion. In addition to local anesthetic, we offer sedation to help you relax and to decrease the cramping.

The entire visit takes approximately 45 to 60 minutes. Before the procedure, you will have some forms to complete, as well as lab tests and an ultrasound examination if deemed necessary. You are also given an opportunity to talk with the physician, a nurse, or a staff member to address any questions or concerns. After the procedure, you will rest in our office for a short time until you are ready to leave.

Abortion is a very safe procedure that has been perfected over the past 30 years. In fact, it is considered one of the safest surgical procedures when performed by a skilled physician. Our physicians have more than 30 years of experience and our goal is to provide the best medical care in order to protect your future fertility. Complications are very rare; our complication rate is lower than that of colonoscopies. An abortion should not impact your ability to have children in the future.

It is required that you have someone with you to drive you home after a surgical procedure.

Do not eat or drink for six hours prior to your appointment, shower or bathe as usual, and dress comfortably.

Most women feel fine the day after the abortion and are able to return to normal activities. You may experience some cramping and bleeding, but you can return to work or school. You should monitor your own symptoms and be sure to take all medications as you were instructed. We will give you detailed aftercare instructions—please read these carefully and call if you have any questions or concerns.

Our fees include everything: counseling, lab work, ultrasound, procedure, and a post-op visit. We accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover, check cards, or cash. No checks will be accepted. If you are Rh-negative, a Rhogam injection is necessary. An additional fee of $60 will be charged for the Rhogam if necessary.

Yes, many insurance providers do cover an abortion. Our office will be glad to confirm for you. As a private doctor's office, we accept most insurance plans. We will verify insurance prior to the visit, and in some cases, a deposit may be required. Some HMOs require a referral from the primary physician. Be sure to call our office in advance in order to prevent unnecessary delays.