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Understanding Dilatation and Curettage (D&C)

Dilatation and curettage (D&C) is a minor surgical procedure that involves dilating the cervix and scraping (curettage) the inner lining of the uterus. This procedure is commonly used for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes, including investigating abnormal uterine bleeding, removing tissue after a miscarriage, or diagnosing uterine conditions such as polyps or fibroids.

Qualification and Consultation

Before undergoing a D&C, patients will have a thorough consultation with our experienced gynecologists. During this consultation, the surgeon will review the patient’s medical history, symptoms, and perform a physical examination to determine if D&C is the appropriate treatment. The benefits, risks, and the procedure itself will be explained in detail to ensure the patient is well-informed and comfortable with the decision.

Indications for D&C

D&C may be recommended for various medical conditions, including:

  • Abnormal Uterine Bleeding: To diagnose and treat the cause of heavy, prolonged, or irregular menstrual bleeding.
  • Post-Miscarriage Management: To remove any remaining tissue after a miscarriage to prevent infection or heavy bleeding.
  • Endometrial Biopsy: To obtain a tissue sample from the lining of the uterus for further examination and diagnosis of conditions such as endometrial hyperplasia or cancer.
  • Uterine Polyps or Fibroids: To diagnose or remove benign growths in the uterus that may be causing symptoms.

The D&C ProcedureD&C is typically performed as an outpatient procedure under local or general anesthesia. The steps involved in the procedure include:

  • Preparation: Patients receive pre-operative instructions, including fasting guidelines and medication adjustments, to prepare for the procedure.
  • Dilation: The cervix is gently dilated using specialized instruments to allow access to the uterine cavity.
  • Curettage: A curette (a small, spoon-shaped instrument) is used to scrape or suction the uterine lining to remove tissue for examination or treatment.
  • Completion: Once the necessary tissue is removed, the instruments are withdrawn, and the patient is monitored during the recovery phase before being discharged.

Recovery and Post-Operative CareThe recovery period following a D&C is usually short, with most patients experiencing mild cramping and light bleeding for a few days. Our team at Neo TrueNorth provides detailed post-operative care instructions, including:

  • Pain Management: Recommendations for managing any discomfort with over-the-counter pain medications.
  • Activity Restrictions: Guidance on resuming normal activities, typically within a few days, and avoiding strenuous exercise or heavy lifting.
  • Follow-Up Care: Scheduling follow-up appointments to monitor recovery and discuss pathology results, if applicable.

Why Choose Neo TrueNorth for Your D&C?

  • Experienced Gynecologists: Our board-certified gynecologists specialize in performing D&C procedures with precision and care, ensuring patient safety and effective results.
  • Personalized Care: We provide individualized care and attention throughout the entire process, from consultation to post-operative follow-up, ensuring each patient’s unique needs are met.
  • State-of-the-Art Facilities: Neo TrueNorth is equipped with modern surgical facilities and the latest technology to provide safe and successful D&C procedures in a comfortable environment.
  • Comprehensive Support: Our multidisciplinary team offers comprehensive support, including pain management, nutritional guidance, and emotional support, to help patients through their surgical journey.

Restore your health and peace of mind with a D&C procedure at Neo TrueNorth. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about your options.

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