Dilation and curettage (D & C) procedure may be needed to clear the uterine lining after a miscarriage or when a non-viable pregnancy occurs in order to prevent infection and/or hemorrhaging.
At Mississauga Woman’s Clinic D & C procedures are performed by specially trained doctors with the assistance of two registered nurses selected for their experience, knowledge, and compassion.
A D & C procedure takes between 3 and 8 minutes to complete and is performed under IV sedation medication and local anesthesia. Please note that you will be awake during the procedure.
You will be asked to lie down on an examination table, just as you would for a routine Pelvic Exam or Pap Test. An ultrasound will be done and you will be given IV sedation medication for comfort and to lessen the pain.
The doctor will gently place a speculum into the vagina, cleanse the cervix, and apply local anesthesia. Using small tapered rods the doctor will gently dilate the cervical canal and, using a small hallow tube attached to an aspirator, remove the uterine contents. Following, the doctor will insert a curette (a spoon shaped instrument) through the dilated cervix and into the uterus. The doctor will then gently scrape the uterine lining and remove any remaining uterine contents.
Recovery from a D & C procedure is fast and most patients feel ready to leave in approximately 30 minutes.