Dilation and curettage
During a D&C, a doctor will do these things:
- Give the woman anesthesia
- Slowly dilate (widen) the cervix
- Put a curette (a spoon-shaped tool with a sharp edge) into the uterus through the cervix
- Use the curette to take out parts of the lining of the uterus.
A D&C can be used for many reasons. For example:
- To take tumors out of the uterus
- To diagnose problems like cancer of the uterus
- To take out tissues from a fetus or placenta, after a miscarriage or a medical abortion, which will stop bleeding
References[change | change source]
- Mayo Clinic (February 15, 2014). "Dilation & Curettage (D&C)". www.mayoclinic.org. http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/dilation-and-curettage/basics/definition/prc-20013836. Retrieved December 13, 2015.