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Complete Information on surgical abortion

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A Surgical abortion is intended to terminate a pregnancy through surgery. It is intended for women who do not want to continue with a pregnancy, or who’s lives or the life of the baby would be in danger if they were to continue.

Currently the different methods used for a surgical abortion depend on which the trimester of pregnancy the woman is at, the choice of surgical technique or whether cervical dilation is necessary or not. These techniques can also vary depending on the abortion clinic where the abortion is to be carried out.

Surgical abortion: depending on the week of gestation

Depending on the week of gestation,  we can use one method or another to abort:

Karman method of dilation and extraction

This is the most widely used method of surgical abortion during the first trimester of pregnancy, and is the method which presents the least complications. It can be practiced with local anesthetic, between weeks 12 to 15 of gestation, however for medical reasons or by request of the mother the abortion can be performed under general anesthetic.

Karman is a fast and safe instrumental method that progressively dilates the cervix in order to perform a vacuum aspiration of its contents.  The whole process is supervised through ultrasound.

The procedure is fast, taking from 5 to 8 minutes to do. The recovery period is also fast as the woman is allowed to go home after a few hours under observation. 

Dilation and evacuation method

This method of surgical abortion is done between weeks 15 and 24 of gestation, meaning, they are in the second trimester of pregnancy. It can be considered as a risky abortion due to the weeks of gestation and is performed under general anesthetic.

The method of surgical abortion by dilation and evacuation prepares the uterous by dilating it with a medicine called misoprostol, and then removes its contents with the necessary surgical instruments.

This technique can take from 15 to 30 minutes and requires a longer stay in the clinic than first trimester abortions. Everything depends on the recovery time of each patient, but providing everything goes well, the woman can go home a few hours after the surgery.

Surgical abortion: risks

The risks of surgical abortion increase as the weeks of gestation are more advanced. Some complications can occur, such as:

           - Excessive bleeding, if you bleed excessively call your doctor.
           - High fever.
           - High abdominal sensitivity.
           - It may cause a lesion in the cervix.
           - Infection or damage to the uterus, etc.

Many women need psychological support/counseling after undergoing a surgical abortion.