A 43-year-old member asked:

How long does the dilation and curettage take?

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Dr. Christopher Bailey
Dr. Christopher Baileyanswered
75 years experience
About 20 mins: The first step, dilation of the uterus, usually takes about 10 minutes. The second step, hysteroscopy (use of a endoscope that allows the physician to examine inside the uterus) and then curettage (scraping or scooping with a special tool called a curette to remove the contents of the uterus) takes an additional 10 minutes.
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Dr. Miguel Cano
Obstetrics and Gynecology 32 years experience
10-20 minutes: It takes longer to prepare than to do. Once you've received a light anesthetic (or local injection) it's under 5 minutes to measure the length of the cervix and dilate it. The curettage part takes another 3-5 minutes. If it's not pregnancy related, a camera (hysteroscopy) can be used to visualize the uterine cavity and this part can more than double the amount of time.
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