Dilation and evacuation is a procedure to terminate a pregnancy. The surgery is performed by dilating the cervix and removing tissue from the uterus using aspiration (suction).
Also Known As:
- Evacuation of retained products of conception
- Surgical abortion
Conditions Treated with Dilation and Evacuation:
Dilation and evacuation may be performed after a miscarriage or to terminate a pregnancy that is either unwanted or is threatening the life of the mother.
There are no non-surgical or surgical alternatives to dilation and evacuation.
Anesthesia with Dilation and Evacuation:
Dilation and evacuation is performed with regional anesthesia. In some cases, general anesthesia may be used.
Potential Complications from Dilation and Evacuation:
Possible risks of dilation and evacuation include infection, bleeding and a negative reaction to the anesthesia that is used. Other potential complications can include uterine scarring, uterine damage and damage to the cervix. Some patients experience nausea and cramping following the procedure.
Prognosis after Dilation and Evacuation:
The prognosis for a positive end result following dilation and evacuation is good.
Recovery from Dilation and Evacuation:
Total recovery for dilation and evacuation lasts one to three days, with mild cramping that can last up to two weeks.