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What is Dilatation and curettage (D&C)?

Dilatation and Curettage

The ABC of D&C

Dilatation and curettage (D&C)

 refers to the dilation (widening/opening) of the cervix and surgical removal of part of the lining(endometrium) of the uterus and/or contents of the uterus by scraping and scooping (curettage).

What are the benefits of D&C:

The purpose of D&C may be diagnostic or therapeutic…

Diagnostic:-

Therapeutic:-

How is D&C Done: (Procedure)?

The woman is typically put under monitored anesthesia care (MAC) before the procedure begins.

The first step in a D&C is to dilate the cervix. The curette is used to gently scrape the lining of the uterus and remove the tissue in the uterus.

This tissue is examined for completeness (in the case of abortion or miscarriage treatment) or by pathology for abnormalities (in the case of treatment for abnormal bleeding).

Post Procedure Recovery:

Most patients should be able to resume their normal activities in a day or two. Mild abdominal cramping and spotting may persist for few hours or days.Abdominal cramps may be treated  with oral anti-inflammatory drugs.Next menstrual  period usually occurs within 4 to 6 weeks of the procedure.

Complications associated with D&C:

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