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Dilation and Curettage (Also Known as Dilatation and Curettage)

Posted On: 04-22-2015
Dilation and Curettage (Also Known as Dilatation and Curettage)

What is Dilation and Curettage?

During dilation and curettage, the cervix is dilated and tissue is cut from the walls of the uterus.

Also Known As:

  • D&C
  • D and C
  • Uterus scraping
  • Suction curettage
  • Vacuum aspiration
  • Surgical abortion
  • Evacuation of retained products of conception

Conditions Treated with Dilation and Curettage:

Dilation and curettage is utilized to terminate a pregnancy that is either unwanted or is threatening the life of the mother. It can also be used to remove a retained placenta or uterine cancer. Additionally, dilation and curettage is used to treat heavy menstrual bleeding, postmenopausal bleeding, and postpartum hemorrhage. The procedure can also be used to remove an embedded intrauterine device and to help diagnose infertility.

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Non-Surgical or Other Surgical Alternatives to Dilation and Curettage:

There are no non-surgical or surgical alternatives to dilation and curettage.

Anesthesia with Dilation and Curettage:

Typically, dilation and curettage is performed with regional anesthesia. Sometimes, general anesthesia is used during the procedure.

Potential Complications from Dilation and Curettage:

Potential complications of dilation and curettage include infection, bleeding and a negative reaction to the anesthesia that is used. Some patients experience cramping or nausea following the procedure. Additional risks include scarring of the uterus or damage to the uterus or cervix.

Prognosis after Dilation and Curettage:

The prognosis for a positive end result following dilation and curettage is very good.

Recovery from Dilation and Curettage:

The total recovery time for dilation and curettage is one to two days.

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