An Overview of Dilation and Curettage (D&C)

In some cases of miscarriage and other reproductive disorders, the most common procedure performed to stop bleeding and prevent infection is a dilation and curettage (D&C).  Dilation means to open up the cervix, while curettage means to remove the contents of the uterus by scraping the walls of the uterus or by using a suction devise.  A D&C is typically performed as an outpatient surgery using general anesthesia.  Most women will experience mild cramping or spotting following their D&C; most can return to their normal activities within a few days, and some within 24 hours.

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