Sadly, miscarriage is the most common type of pregnancy loss according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Studies have found that anywhere from 10-25% of pregnancies will end in miscarriage that occur during the first 13 weeks of pregnancy. Today we’re discussing a procedure that many women undergo following miscarriage – dilation and curettage in Arizona.
Pregnancy can be such an exciting time, but with the number of miscarriages that occur, you should be informed in the event that you or someone you know faces one.
The main goal of treatment during a miscarriage is to prevent hemorrhaging and/or infection. The earlier you are in your pregnancy, the more likely your body will eject all the fetal tissue and will not require further medical treatment. If the body does not expel all the tissue, the most common procedure performed to stop bleeding and prevent infection is dilation and curettage in Arizona.
What Is A D&C Procedure?
A D&C, also known as dilation and curettage, is a surgical procedure that is often performed after a miscarriage that occurred in the first trimester. Dilation refers to opening the cervix, while curettage refers to removing the contents of the uterus.
Is A D&C Necessary After A Miscarriage?
Women can safely miscarry on their own with few problems in pregnancies that terminate before 10 weeks. If it occurs after 10 weeks, it is more likely to be incomplete, requiring a dilation and curettage in Arizona. Choosing whether to miscarry naturally or to have a D&C procedure is often a personal choice that is best made after talking with your health care provider.
How Is A D&C Performed?
The procedure may be performed on an outpatient or inpatient basis in a hospital or other type of surgical center. You may be given antibiotics intravenously or orally to help prevent infection.
The cervix will be examined to determine if it is open. If the cervix is closed, dilators will be inserted to pry open the cervix to allow the surgical instruments to pass through. A speculum is used to hold the cervix open.
What To Expect After Dilation And Curettage In Arizona
Most women are released from the hospital within a few hours of the procedure unless there are complications or the patient has other medical conditions, in which case they may need to stay longer. You will probably be given an antibiotic to prevent infection and possibly some pain medication to help with the initial cramping following the procedure.
When To Contact Your Healthcare Provider
Most women experience some complications following a D&C procedure, but you should be aware of symptoms that could signal a possible problem. Your health care provider should provide specific instructions regarding what to expect, but contact them as soon as possible if you experience any of the following:
- Dizziness or fainting;
- Prolonged bleeding (over 2 weeks);
- Prolonged cramping (over 2 weeks);
- Bleeding heavier than a menstrual period, or filling more than one pad per hour;
- Severe or increased pain;
- Fever over 100.4 °F;
- Foul smelling discharge.
If you have experienced a miscarriage and need to know if a dilation and curettage in Arizona may be required, call our office today to schedule a consultation.