Surgical Abortion FAQs

How is the surgical abortion performed?
The surgical abortion takes about 3 to 10 minutes. The physician will give you an injection in the cervix. The cervix will be dilated or stretched to the size of a fountain pen. A tube is inserted into the uterus and the uterus is emptied by gentle suction.

What is IV sedation?
IV sedation provides a safe and effective option for patients undergoing minor surgery. This type of sedation includes an altered state of consciousness that minimizes pain and discomfort through the use of intravenous (I.V.) sedation medications and may erase any memory of the procedure.

When should I expect to feel okay?
Once the abortion is complete, you will relax in the comfort of our recovery room while a nurse monitors your condition. You will probably experience some cramping and bleeding. This is natural. After spending about an hour recovering, you will start to feel better and be able to go home.

What is the follow-up care?
At no charge, you can return for a checkup appointment 3 weeks after the abortion. We will do lab work and continue your birth control. You may return to your own doctor for a checkup if you prefer.