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A dilation and curettage (D&C) is a procedure to
remove tissue from the lining of the uterus
During a D&C, the vagina is spread
open. Then the cervix is opened gently so that tissue can be removed, usually with a scraping or suction tool.
A D&C may be done in a hospital or clinic. Most women go home the same day.
You will be kept comfortable and safe by your anesthesia provider. You may get medicine that relaxes you or puts you in a light sleep. You may get pain medicine before the procedure.
Dilation and curettage (D&C) may be
D&C usually stops heavy
menstrual bleeding. The stop in bleeding may be temporary.
A D&C has risks, but problems are rare. The risks include:
the procedure, you will likely stay in the recovery area for 1 to 4 hours. Then you will go home. You will get information to help you during your recovery.
Complete the surgery information form (PDF)(What is a PDF document?) to help you prepare for this surgery.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerKirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Current as ofMarch 16, 2017
Current as of:
March 16, 2017
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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