Plan to spend 3-5 hours with us at the office. For a second trimester procedure, plan to spend 6 hours with us at the office.
Among the safest surgical procedures in the United States, a surgical abortion is performed by gradually dilating the cervix and then removing the contents of the uterus with a gentle suction and a surgical instrument called a curette. The procedure takes about 10 minutes, during which you should expect to feel mild to moderate cramping and pressure. During the procedure, we guide you through the process and gladly answer any questions you may have along the way. We also provide ample time for recovery, allowing you to return to most normal activities the next day.
Counseling is a good time to ask any questions you may have about the procedure. It is also when you will discuss relaxation techniques, birth control and abortion follow-up instructions. Counseling is an important opportunity to discuss your decision and feelings about your abortion. Our counselors are specifically trained to provide you with support and education about your pregnancy options. They are non-biased and trust you to make the best decision for your life. You will speak with a counselor before the abortion procedure as part of your appointment. You also have the option of meeting with a counselor after your abortion.
For Your Comfort
To keep discomfort to a minimum, you can choose any of the relaxation methods we have available including pre-operative medications to help ease cramping and nitrous oxide gas for a calming effect. The doctor also uses a local anesthesia to lessen the discomfort associated with dilation of the cervix. Additionally, we offer a choice between IV conscious sedation and Valium. Conscious sedation encourages a very relaxed feeling that may even make you feel sleepy. Valium, however; allows you to feel more comfortable during the procedure by easing anxiety. During the procedure, we offer relaxation music and dark eyewear for a calming effect. Prior to the procedure, you and your counselor will decide on individualized relaxation techniques. Our clinic is unique in that care can be personalized to meet your needs.
Surgical Abortion Follow Up Services
A surgical abortion is a very safe procedure and a routine post-operative exam is rarely necessary. Problems stemming from an abortion usually manifest within the first 2-5 days. Should you need medical attention, we have licensed board-certified OB/GYN doctors who are on call 24 hours a day 7 days a week. We do recommend that you perform a pregnancy test at home or at our office.