Dilation and Curettage in Arizona: What to Expect Before, During and After
Dilation and curettage in Arizona is a short surgical procedure in which the cervix is dilated and a special instrument is used to scrape the uterine lining. Knowing what to expect before, during, and after this procedure may help relieve your anxiety and make the treatment proceed more smoothly. Following are some important things you need to know.
Reasons for a Dilation and Curettage in Arizona
You may need this procedure to remove tissue left in the uterus during or after a miscarriage or abortion or to remove small pieces of placenta after childbirth to prevent infection or heavy bleeding.
It can also be performed to diagnose or treat abnormal uterine bleeding, growths such as fibroids, polyps, hormonal imbalances, or uterine cancer. A sample of uterine tissue will be examined under a microscope to check for abnormal cells.
What to Expect During a Dilation and Curettage in Arizona
The procedure can be performed in your doctor’s office, and it usually takes just 10 to 15 minutes. Prior to the start, ask your doctor any questions you may have. Be sure to tell the doctor if you suspect you are pregnant, are sensitive or allergic to any medications, or if you have a history of bleeding disorders.
Anesthesia will be administered – the type you have depends on the procedure you need. If you receive general anesthesia, you will not be awake during the procedure.
With spinal or regional anesthesia, you will not have feeling from the waist down.
If local anesthesia is used, you will be awake and the area around your cervix will be numbed.
A dilation and curettage in Arizona involves two main steps:
- Dilation involves widening the opening of the lower part of the uterus to allow insertion of an instrument.
- Curettage involves scraping the lining and removing the contents of the uterus with a long, spoon-shaped instrument called a curette.
Recovery Following a Dilation and Curettage in Arizona
Following the procedure, you will need someone to drive you home. If you were given general anesthesia, you may feel woozy for a while and experience some brief nausea and vomiting.
Patients can typically return to regular activities within one or two days. Ask your doctor about any needed restrictions during that time period. It is normal to experience mild cramping and light spotting for a few days. You may want to wear a sanitary pad for spotting and take pain relievers.
Patients can expect a change in the timing of their next menstrual period – it may arrive either early or late. To prevent bacteria from entering your uterus, patients should put off sex and use of tampons until receiving an approval from the doctor.
Visit your doctor for a follow-up visit and schedule any further treatment that’s required. If tissue was sent for a biopsy test, ask your doctor when to expect results – they are usually available within several days.
If you have questions or would like more information regarding dilation and curettage in Arizona, call our office today to schedule a consultation so we can discuss your options.