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Dilation and curettage (D&C) is a procedure to remove tissue from the inside of the uterus. It may be done to find out if the tissue is not normal, to stop severe bleeding, or to treat a miscarriage.
Before the procedure, your doctor may give you medicine to make you sleep or feel relaxed. He or she also will give you medicine to help with pain.
Your doctor will use a device called a speculum to spread apart the walls of your vagina. He or she will use a special tool, called a dilator, to open the cervix. The cervix is the lower part of your uterus that opens into your vagina. Then the doctor will use a curved tool, called a curette, to gently scrape tissue from the uterus. The curette may be hollow and attached to a vacuum to help suck out the tissue.
The procedure usually takes 15 to 30 minutes. Most women go home the same day.
Having a D&C usually does not prevent a woman from getting pregnant in the future.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Procedures can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your procedure.
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Current as of: May 29, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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