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SUCTION EVACUATION

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Introduction

The method used for abortion depends on the stage of pregnancy of the woman. If you are in your first trimester, that is, around 1 to 12 weeks of period of gestation, then you can consider suction evacuation for abortion which is considered as one of the best surgical abortion methods in the first trimester.  Regardless of the source of suction, ‘vacuum curettage’, ‘vacuum aspiration’, and ‘uterine aspiration’, all refer to the evacuation of the uterus by suction. All of these procedures are outpatient, which means, you don’t need to stay in the hospital or clinic overnight and the procedure is completed within 3 to 6 hours.

Abortion is an as critical decision as is pregnancy. The specialists at Apollo Cradle Jayanagar understands your concerns on the emotional and technical level as well. You can put forward all your queries and doubts in front of the doctors. The doctors are highly experienced and will guide you through the entire process. You can request for a counseling session to have an elaborate discussion with the doctor.

Before the procedure:

Your insurance information is verified and you are asked to fill up some forms mentioning your medical history. The doctor will administer you with pre-antibiotics. You might be asked to fast a few hours before the procedure is conducted. You will receive a pre-abortion workup, which includes pregnancy tests, blood tests, physical examination, and other tests. In some cases, the specialists might feel the need to perform an ultrasound scan to ensure there are no abnormalities in the fetus or the uterus. After all the checkups are done, you can go for the counseling session which lasts around 20-40 minutes, during which you will discuss the best method suitable for you. The doctors at Apollo Cradle are gynecologists obstetricians with high-level specialized training in family planning and abortion. You will receive some medications, to soften your cervix for the procedure.

The doctor will elaborate on different types of pain management during the procedure. You will receive local anesthesia to numb your cervix during the procedure. You might receive oral medications to mildly sedate you so that you are awake but relaxed.

During the procedure:

Once you are prepared, you will lie down with your feet in stirrups. A speculum will be inserted into your vagina using which the doctor will examine the uterus. An anesthetic is used to numb your cervix, and thin rods called dilators will be used to stretch the opening of the cervix. Next, a tube is inserted into the cervix, through which a suction machine is inserted. The suction machine is used to remove fetus and placenta. Hence, all the pregnancy tissues are removed using this suction machine. This procedure usually takes around 10-15 minutes. After the procedure is successful you are allowed to rest for some time under observation. You might be given antibiotics to prevent any chances of infection. The procedure is painless but you might feel a cramp similar to menstrual cramp, towards the end of the process which is caused due to the shrinking of the uterus to its original size.

After the procedure:

You might notice some cramping and spotting for up to 2 weeks. The doctor might give you some painkillers to relieve the pain due to cramps. Some medications are also prescribed to avoid infections. You might be asked to not lift heavy weights for a few days. Your doctor will guide you clearly through all the do’s and don’ts. Follow the instructions, and you might consult the doctor about when to have sexual intercourse after the procedure. You should contact your doctor in case you experience severe pain, heavy bleeding or high fever after the procedure.