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Freedom of Choice OB/GYN

Over 37 Years Of Safe, Private Women’s Health Services In Rochester, NY

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Surgical Abortion

The surgical abortion procedure (also called suction D &. C and many other names) has been performed for many years. This procedure is appropriate for pregnancies dating from very early to about thirteen weeks, or the end of the first trimester. It is extremely safe and is a relatively short procedure.  There are many variations on this procedure, even within our practice, but this description covers the basic aspects.

The Procedure
After the dating ultrasound, an individualized discussion and a review of the consent form will occur prior to the procedure itself. The physician performs a bimanual exam to determine the uterine position. The speculum is then placed to visualize the cervix.

A local anesthetic (paracervical block) is placed into the cervix. This is intended to modify the discomfort of the procedure. This block only takes a few seconds and does not take away all of the discomfort. However, it does enable many women to tolerate this relatively short procedure. Please refer to sedation and general anesthesia as options for control of discomfort. The procedure will include dilation of the cervix followed by an evacuation of the uterus. This phase of the procedure usually takes a minute or two depending on the gestation. The procedure is then essentially over. An ultrasound exam may be performed immediately after the procedure to assure that the procedure is completed.

After your procedure you will rest and will be continually monitored by our providers. Before you leave our facility, we will review the discharge instructions and discuss and provide a contraceptive method. Antibiotics are provided to you as well. A follow-up appointment is scheduled with us within the next two weeks.

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Exhale offers a free, After-Abortion Talkline
that provides emotional support, resources
and information to women who have had
abortions and to their partners, friends,
allies and family members. All calls are completely confidential and counselors are non-judgmental.

Frequently Asked Questions

National Organization for Women
Rochester, NY Chapter

Member of:
     Monroe County Medical Society

     Medical Society of the State of New York

     National Abortion Federation

Published Articles:
   JAMA. 2000

   J Fam Pract. 1997