New York City D&C
Dilation and curettage (D&C) is a procedure to remove tissue from inside your uterus. This is performed to diagnose and treat certain uterine conditions such as heavy bleeding, or to clear the uterine lining after a miscarriage or abortion.
You may need a D&C for one of several reasons. It’s done to:
- Remove tissue in the uterus during or after a miscarriage or abortion or to remove small pieces of placenta after childbirth. This helps prevent infection or heavy bleeding.
- Diagnose or treat abnormal uterine bleeding. A D&C may help diagnose or treat growths such as fibroids, polyps, hormonal imbalances, or uterine cancer. A sample of uterine tissue is viewed under a microscope to check for abnormal cells.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do they do a D&C?
- Dilation involves widening the opening of the lower part of the uterus (the cervix) to allow insertion of an instrument.
- Curettage involves scraping the lining and removing uterine contents with a long, spoon-shaped instrument (a curette).
Is D&C a painful procedure?
What are the benefits of this procedure?
Removing the uterine contents and lining may help diagnose and treat your problem. Testing this tissue may help us understand your condition and suggest further care.
How long does it take to perform a D&C?
After a D&C using local anesthesia, you may rest for about two hours before going home. You may want to wear a sanitary pad for bleeding. It is normal to have some spotting or light vaginal bleeding for a few days after the procedure. You may experience cramping for the first few days after a D&C.