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Dilation and Curettage (D&C)

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A dilation and curettage (D&C) is a surgical procedure in which the cervix is dilated (widened) and a curette (a thin, spoon-shaped instrument) is used to remove tissue from the inside of the uterus.

There are many reasons why patients may need a D&C. At the Women’s Health Group, we are here to walk you through your options and provide guidance on which treatments will best support your overall health.

When Do Patients Need a D&C?

D&Cs are often performed to diagnose or treat conditions related to the uterus, such as abnormal bleeding or uterine abnormalities

We may recommend a D&C for:

Abnormal uterine bleeding
Uterine abnormalities, such as fibroids or polyps
After miscarriage
Pregnancy termination
Tissue sample for biopsy

What to Expect During a D&C

A D&C is typically performed in a hospital or outpatient surgery center under general or local anesthesia. During the procedure, you will lie on your back on an exam table with your feet in stirrups.

Next, your healthcare provider will insert a speculum into your vagina to hold it open and use dilation rods to gently open the cervix. Gently, your provider will scrape the lining of the uterus using a curette to remove any tissue or growths. The procedure typically takes about 15-30 minutes.

Recovery After a D&C

Recovery after a D&C will vary depending on the individual and the reason for the procedure. In general, you can expect to experience some discomfort and bleeding after the procedure. You may also have cramping and spotting for a few days. It is important to follow your healthcare provider's instructions for caring for yourself after the procedure. This may include taking pain medication as prescribed, resting, and avoiding strenuous activity for a few days. You may also be advised to avoid sexual intercourse or using tampons for a period of time.

It is normal to have some bleeding and discharge for a few weeks after the procedure. However, if you experience heavy bleeding or bleeding that lasts for more than a few weeks, or if you have any other concerns about your recovery, reach out to us. Overall, it is important to listen to your body for a safe and smooth recovery after a D&C.

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Why is a D&C performed?
A D&C may be performed for a variety of reasons, including to diagnose or treat abnormal bleeding, to remove tissue after a miscarriage or abortion, or to obtain a sample of uterine tissue for biopsy.
Is a D&C painful?
A D&C is typically performed under general anesthesia, which means you will be asleep during the procedure and will not feel any pain. Alternatively, you may be given local anesthesia to numb the area, or spinal or epidural anesthesia to numb the lower half of your body. Some people may experience cramping or discomfort after the procedure, but this can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medication or as directed by your doctor.
Is a D&C risky?
Like any medical procedure, a D&C carries some risks. These may include bleeding, infection, damage to the uterus or cervix, and allergic reactions to the anesthesia. Your healthcare provider will discuss the specific risks of a D&C with you before the procedure.
How long does a D&C take?
The actual D&C procedure typically takes about 15-30 minutes. However, the entire process, including preparation and recovery, may take several hours.
What should I expect after a D&C?
After a D&C, you may feel some cramping or discomfort, and you may also experience some bleeding or discharge. You will need to follow your doctor's instructions for any post-procedure care, such as taking pain medication or avoiding certain activities. You may also need to schedule a follow-up appointment to discuss the results of any tests that were done during the procedure.