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A dilation and curettage (D&C) is a procedure to remove tissue from the lining of the uterus (endometrium).
During a D&C, the vagina is spread open. Then the cervix is opened gently so that tissue can be removed, usually with a scraping or suction tool.
A D&C may be done in a hospital or clinic. Most women go home the same day.
You will be kept comfortable and safe by your anesthesia provider. You may get medicine that relaxes you or puts you in a light sleep. You may get pain medicine before the procedure.
Dilation and curettage (D&C) may be used to:
D&C usually stops heavy menstrual bleeding. The stop in bleeding may be temporary.
A D&C has risks, but problems are rare. The risks include:
Right after the procedure, you will likely stay in the recovery area for 1 to 4 hours. Then you will go home. You will get information to help you during your recovery.
Current as of: May 29, 2019
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineKirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology
Current as of:
May 29, 2019
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology
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