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Dr. Justin Diedrich
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Dilation And Curettage (Overview)

Dilatation and Curettage, known as a D and C, is a common procedure where the cervix is dilated and the doctor will clear the uterus of pregnancy tissue. It can be performed in the office or in an outpatient procedure center. It is done under sedation or with pain medication.


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Dilation and curettage (d&c) pain?

Dilation and curettage (d&c) pain?

Don't understand: There can normally be some pain after a d&c. Glad to be more helpful if you clarify what you are asking! ...Read more

Dr. Justin Diedrich
382 doctors shared insights

Dilation And Curettage (Overview)

Dilatation and Curettage, known as a D and C, is a common procedure where the cervix is dilated and the doctor will clear the uterus of pregnancy tissue. It can be performed in the office or in an outpatient procedure center. It is done under sedation or with pain medication.


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What is a dilation and curettage done for?

Failed pregnancy: Usually for failed early pregnancy such as first-trimester miscarriage. It's sometimes used as a diagnostic tool for non-pregnant women with irregular bleeding. There are other reasons as well. ...Read more

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What's dilation and curettage average cost?

Depends.: It depends on your insurance (or lack thereof), the setting in which it is performed and any additional testing or complications. On average, i would guesstimate it ranges in the several hundreds of us dollars to little over a thousand $ as co-payment. ...Read more

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How long does the dilation and curettage take?

How long does the dilation and curettage take?

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. ...Read more

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I have to have a dilation and curettage. What should I expect?

I have to have a dilation and curettage. What should I expect?

Mild cramping: There will be mild cramping and perhaps some residual bleeding post-op. The cervix will be open after dilation and therefore there is a slight risk for infection if there are "visitors" in the vagina during the first post-op week. It was once considered a "minor " surgery, but of course "minor surgery" is what happens to someone else. ...Read more

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Is anesthesia required for dilation and curettage?

Is anesthesia required for dilation and curettage?

Depends why: Often a d & c may be done under sedation with Propofol and other meds such as versed or fentanyl. The gyn doctor may use local anesthesia around the cervix. If it's an emergency situation where the patient doesn't have an empty stomach, if the patient is extremely obese, or if there is heavy bleeding, general anesthesia may be safest. The ob/gyn and anes doctors will decide the best plan. ...Read more

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I had a dilation and curettage and my period stopped/ why?

I had a dilation and curettage and my period stopped/ why?

Endometrium gone: The material expelled during a period is the lining of the womb.A D&C removes all the lining(down to the muscle layer) and often takes a few cycles to reform. ...Read more

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Why do you have to wait to become pregnant after dilation and curettage?

Why do you have to wait to become pregnant after dilation and curettage?

You don't.: Older dictum was to wait for 3-6 months after a miscarriage before resuming sexual activity. More recent studies show that women who wait have lower fertility rates than women who don't. So, if you are trying to get pregnant, you can determine when you feel ready to resume sexual activity. Take Folic Acid 1-5 mg daily to prevent preterm birth, neural tube and cardiac anomalies in your offspring! ...Read more

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I had dilation and curettage last saturday and my hubby will becoming home on the 21st, is it possible to have sex

I had dilation and curettage last saturday and my hubby will becoming home on the 21st, is it possible to have sex

Depends on the D &C: If the D&C was for diagnostic purpose and there is no further discharge, sex would be ok. If it was for an abortion, i would advise waiting for a normal period before resuming sex. ...Read more

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After a dilation and curettage, can u have sex with a condom?

After a dilation and curettage, can u have sex with a condom?

After healing: Once the cervix and uterus have healed, intercourse with a condom is just fine. However that healing process may take 1-2 weeks. Intercourse sooner than that may increase the chance of infection, whether or not you use a condom. ...Read more

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How long after a polypectomy & a dilation & curettage will your period return?

How long after a polypectomy & a dilation & curettage will your period return?

4-6 weeks: You should expect a period within 4-6 weeks; you might experience some spotting or light bleeding during this time. ...Read more

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Should I do dilatation and curettage if miscarriage?

Should I do dilatation and curettage if miscarriage?

Depends.: D&c is not mandatory after miscarriage - that would depend on how far along the pregnancy was when it was lost, whether you have fibroids, hematologic disorders or other medical problems. Altaernative options: Misoprostol to induce abortion and expectant management. ...Read more

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Is it necessary to undergo a dilatation & curettage after a lost pregnacy?

Is it necessary to undergo a dilatation & curettage after a lost pregnacy?

Not always: Early miscarriages of less than 6 to 8 weeks sometimes do not retain products of conception obviating the d & c. Always check with your ob-gyn md for examination post miscarriage to determine the necessity of d & c or not. ...Read more

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How soon after a dilation ans cutterage will my menrual return? I had a d and c one week ago, bleeding had stopped. Now I am bleeding again.

How soon after a dilation ans cutterage will my menrual return?  I had a d and c one week ago, bleeding had stopped.  Now I am bleeding again.

Menses resumes: After a D&C bleeding can be irregular. Bleeding can stop and then start up again. So what you describe sounds normal. The first menses is usually 4-6 weeks after the procedure. ...Read more

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Having a chronically avulsed fragment from my navicular excised and curettage to remove arthritic changes. Is this a long recovery?

Having a chronically avulsed fragment from my navicular excised and curettage to remove arthritic changes. Is this a long recovery?

I think if your : Having a surgery the recovery time should of already been discussed with you by your doctor. All questions relating to a planned surgery should ideally be answered before the procedure is scheduled. We don't know the size of the fragment being avulsed, nor what is meant by "arthritic changes removed" .....this question is best answered by your surgeon. ...Read more

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I'm going to have a curettage operation tomorrow and i want to know if I have i have to stay in bed afterwards and the after effect of the operation.

Where?: Where are you having this operation and how extensive? Although it is common, the diagnoses and failed remedies prior to operation could help decide recovery period. Thanks. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: curettage?

What is the definition or description of: curettage?

See below: The removal of tissue or growths from the interior of a body cavity, such as the uterus, by scraping with a curette. ...Read more

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What is the good effect and bad effect for tooth curettage?

What is the good effect and bad effect for tooth curettage?

Goo yes...no bad...: The good effects of having curettage on one or more teeth is that you are removing bad tissues around the tooth and allowing new good tissue to grow in.
Sort of getting rid of bad, infected tissue.
The bad effect of curettage is that there may be some pain following it. That depends on how extensive you were cleaned and what your pain tolerance is.
Earl. ...Read more

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Endometrium, curettage: Inactive endometrium with stromal breakdown. No evidence of hyperplasia or neoplasia. What does this diagnosis?

Endometrium, curettage:
       Inactive endometrium with stromal breakdown.
       No evidence of hyperplasia or neoplasia. What does this diagnosis?

Normal: This pathology report shows a normal lining of the womb with no evidence o cancer. It also sows an inactive endometrium which is consistent with a post menopausal woman. ...Read more

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How much critical to undergo curettage under GA after 5 months of c section.

How much critical to undergo curettage under GA after 5 months of c section.

Unknown: There is not information here to comment. I would schedule a follow up visit with the doctor treating you to confirm the treatment plan and to discuss all of your options. General anesthesia is the most comfortable anesthetic method for a D an C. An epidural or spinal are other options. ...Read more

Curettage (Definition)

The removal of tissue or growths from the interior of a body cavity, such as the uterus, by ...Read more