Our In-Clinic Abortion Services use vacuum aspiration, also known as a D&E procedure. This is the most common method of abortion available today.
Even though it is typically called “the surgical abortion,” vacuum aspiration does not require any incisions or stitches. This minimally invasive procedure involves the gradual widening of the cervix followed by the insertion of a thin flexible tube attached to a suction device, which gently removes the uterine contents.
Every patient receives a local anesthetic which numbs the cervix and oral medications to help with discomfort. We also offer a Deluxe anesthesia option, which will be administered as an injection (typically in the arm). The patient will remain conscious, though groggy and relaxed. Usually the patient will have little or no recollection of the procedure.
All abortion procedures are performed on an ambulatory basis with the pre-abortion work-up and procedure all performed on the same day. D&E procedures are highly effective, with a 99% success rate. The procedure itself usually takes 5 to 10 minutes to complete.
Rhogam will be administered for an additional charge to Rh-negative candidates.
After the surgical procedure is completed, patients will rest and be monitored by trained staff members in a recovery room. Patients that choose to have Deluxe sedation will need a driver to take them home.