A dilation and curettage (D&C) is a surgical procedure
in which the
cervix is opened (dilated) and tissue is removed from
uterus. D&C is the most effective treatment for a
miscarriage that is causing severe bleeding.
Your doctor will use a tool called a speculum to spread apart the walls
of your vagina. He or she will then use a 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 that helps remove the tissue. The procedure usually takes 15 to 30
A D&C can be done in a hospital or clinic.
General anesthesia or
local anesthesia can be used. And a D&C can
usually be done on an outpatient basis, which means that an overnight stay in
the hospital is not required.
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