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If I have an incompetent cervix i dilated at 14 weeks do I still have to have a d&e or can I have d&c?

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Dr. Jeff Lin
Gynecology - Oncology
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In brief: Technicality only

D&C and D&E are not that different; yes, technique and risks are slightly different, but it's kinda moot point.
The specific difference is using a curette (D&C) and there is a limit to the size of products of conception (POC) that can be evacuated (think vacuum hose and bowling ball). The cervix can only be dilated so much mechanically. D&E uses instruments to fragment the POC thus has no limit.

In brief: Technicality only

D&C and D&E are not that different; yes, technique and risks are slightly different, but it's kinda moot point.
The specific difference is using a curette (D&C) and there is a limit to the size of products of conception (POC) that can be evacuated (think vacuum hose and bowling ball). The cervix can only be dilated so much mechanically. D&E uses instruments to fragment the POC thus has no limit.
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Dr. Patrick Connerly
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: D&e

The d&e is usually more effective at removing preegnancy tissue than the d&c.

In brief: D&e

The d&e is usually more effective at removing preegnancy tissue than the d&c.
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