While a medical abortion is only available for patients up to 10 weeks pregnant, Mile High Women’s Clinic provides surgical abortion for patients up to 22 weeks pregnant. The procedure we use is a D&C, a minimally-invasive outpatient surgery that we can perform right in our office.
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.
Between the two types of abortions, medical and surgical, over 75% of people choose this surgical option at Mile High Women’s Clinic. Our team has perfected this treatment after decades of performing it. This surgical procedure has one of the lowest risks of complications possible, and you can rest assured that we know what we’re doing and we’ll get you back on your feet in no time.
Your doctor will likely direct you to stop drinking alcohol and taking over-the-counter medications at least a day before your procedure. Be sure to follow these guidelines and any others they might give you regarding food intake and other physical wellness activities.
When you meet with us for your procedure, we urge you to come prepared with any questions that you haven’t had answered yet. Your physician can answer them, or you can speak with a counselor if you’d like. Your doctor will also go through your medical history, describe the procedure for you and explain any side effects and risks you might experience. We also suggest bringing in someone to support you through the process, such as a trusted friend or family member.
Once our team confirms your pregnancy one more time, they will be able to get started with your procedure. The procedure itself should only take about 10-15 minutes. When it’s complete, your physician might have you stay in a recovery room for a short time before you’re released to go home.
Consider scheduling a couple of days off following your procedure to allow you time to recover both physically and mentally. Getting an abortion can be an emotional and empowering time, and it’s important to take special care of yourself until you’re feeling back to normal.
Mile High Women’s Clinic has provided in-clinic surgical abortions for nearly 40 years. Our team of male and female board-certified obstetricians makes it their mission to provide compassionate, quality care to patients in the greater Denver area and beyond. We’ve served people coming from all over the country for our abortion services.
If you’re ready to make your surgical abortion appointment, call us today at 303-407-9004. We’ll be happy to discuss your options and answer any questions you have. We try to book all of our patients within 48 hours of their call at one of our two conveniently located clinics. Call us today to get started.