The process of dilating the cervix and scraping the wall of the uterus to remove any leftover tissue is known as dilatation and curettage (D C) treatment. The procedure is usually carried out under local or general anesthesia. The patient has to lie down and place her legs on a stirrup. The gynecologist would then perform the 2-stage process. In the first step, dilation is done through the insertion of an instrument into the cervix. In the second stage, a spoon like instrument called a ‘curette' is used to scrap the uterine surface for any tissues. This uterine curettage lasts only a few minutes. If the doctor feels necessary, a tissue may be sent for lab analysis. This process of scraping of the uterus ensures there is no future abnormal bleeding or other complications, particularly after the woman has undergone an abortion.
The D& C procedure takes only a short duration of around 15 minutes, but since anesthesia is administered, the clinic might take a little time to do the checks and prepare the patient. The person can return home the same day as soon as the effect of anesthesia wears off. The recovery might take a few days.
As mentioned, this procedure is carried out by the doctor to ensure that the uterus does not carry any tissue after an abortion or other similar instances. After the process, there may be some side effects, but the doctor will be able to address them.
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