• On the day of your appointment for the surgical abortion, you will have blood testing and ultrasound to determine the gestational age of your pregnancy-“how far along you are”.
  • Our doctor will take your medical history and examine you.
  • You will be given materials to read and you will discuss the process with the clinical staff.
  • The surgical abortion procedure is performed using the vacuum aspiration method by our experienced doctor. It lasts only a few minutes.
  • A catheter will be placed in a vein giving you medications for relaxation and pain relief.
  • The cervix (the opening of the womb) is numbed and dilated.
  • The womb is evacuated via suction and curettage.
  • Your blood pressure and oxygen levels are monitored throughout the surgical procedure for your safety.
  • The entire process will only take a few minutes.
  • You will recover in the recovery room under the care of our staff.
  • You will be ready to go within 30 minutes of your surgery, when you are stable and feeling well enough to go.
  • You will return to our office in 3 weeks to be checked to make sure the process was successful.
  • We will then discuss your birth control options with you and prescribe you what you desire.

INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE A SURGICAL ABORTION

  • Come to our office with a trusted person that will bring you home and stay with you for a few hours until you feel ready and well enough to be alone.
  • You should not have anything to drink or eat 6 hours prior to the procedure.
  • Wear comfortable clothes. Dark colored skirts are preferable as they may hide the presence of pads or any bleeding should your clothes be soiled. You may want to bring a change of underwear, sanitary pads or tampons from home.
  • Do not bring any valuables with you.
  • You should anticipate being at our office about one hour.
  • You cannot drive home and you cannot take a taxi for issues of your personal safety.
  • Should you need to call us for any problems before your visit, you may reach us at our phone line 702-531-5400.

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