Dilation and curettage (D&C) is a surgical procedure performed on the uterus to remove the endometrium (lining of the womb) by dilating the cervix, which is the neck of the uterus.
A D&C can be either diagnostic or therapeutic in nature. Diagnostic D&C is done toobtain sample of the endometrial tissue in cases of :
D&C can also be uterus cleaning treatment in some conditions such as :
D&C procedure is done under anesthesia .The type of anesthesia chosen will depend on the patient’s medical history and also the indication for the D&C. Pre operative fasting may be needed as advised by the doctor .The doctor may also prescribe some medications to start cervical dilatation.
Following the procedure, the patient is shifted to the recovery room where she is closely monitored for vaginal bleeding.
In uncomplicated cases the patient is discharged after 6 hours.
D&C is generally considered a safe procedure but as with all surgeries there may be unexpected complications such as
Recovery may vary depending on each individual and the form of anesthesia used. Most individuals may experience cramps or slight vaginal spotting after D&C Proper rest and nutrition is advised. In case of heavy bleeding, chills, fever or foul smelling drainage from the vagina make sure to consult your doctor.Authored By Dr. Sunil Eshwar Medical disclaimer: For information purposes only