SECOND TRIMESTER SURGICAL ABORTIONS

WHAT IS DILATION AND EVACUATION (D&E) ABORTION?

The cervix is slowly opened or dilated with laminaria and medication. When the cervix is ready, the uterus is emptied with a combination of suction and instruments that safely evacuate the pregnancy.

HOW LONG DOES A D&E PROCEDURE TAKE?

The actual surgery takes about 30 minutes, but the entire procedure typically takes between 2-3 days. The patient and her support person need to stay close to the clinic throughout the entire time frame. A list of local motels is available.

HOW EFFECTIVE IS D&E?

The D&E surgical procedure is effective 99% of the time. Repeat surgery is only rarely needed to treat concerns.

HOW SAFE IS D&E?

The D&E is extremely safe and far safer than childbirth. The complication rate is less than 4%.

WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS OF D&E?

Common side effects include abdominal cramping or pain and bleeding, and possible nausea and sweating. Women may also experience spotting for 4-6 weeks following the procedure.  Complications are very rare, but can include uterine or cervical perforation, pelvic infection and excess bleeding. Patients are thoroughly educated about warning signs of complications and encouraged to notify us immediately if symptoms occur.