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Abortion Procedures

Dilation and Evacuations (D&E) (Most common)

This procedure is done within 6 to 14 weeks after LMP (Last Menstrual Period) and onward, the doctor opens the cervix with a dilator (a metal rod) or laminaria, (thin bundles made from seaweed) and is inserted several hours before the procedure. The doctor inserts tubing into the uterus and connects the tubing to a suction machine. The suction pulls the fetus' body apart and out of the uterus. Sometime the doctor may use a curette, (a loop-shaped knife), to scrape the fetal parts out of the uterus.

After 16 weeks, much of the procedure is done with forceps to pull fetal parts out through the cervical opening, as suction alone will not work due to the fetus’ size. The doctor keeps track of what fetal parts have been removed so that none are left inside. Lastly, a curette, and/or the suction machine is used to remove any remaining tissue or blood clots, which if left behind could cause infection and bleeding.

Possible Complications

  • Heavy bleeding requiring surgery to stop the bleeding
  • Serious infection
  • Damage to pelvic organs
  • Incomplete abortion
Before undergoing any surgical procedure you should be well informed of the risks and potential complications and should sign a document stating that you are giving your informed consent.

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