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Dilation and curettage

D&C

If you require dilation and curettage (D&C), our gynaecology experts can help to diagnose your condition and treat you

About

Dilation and curettage (D&C) is a procedure that cleans the lining of a female's womb. It can be necessary to remove tissue on the uterus after a miscarriage or abortion, or to treat abnormal uterine bleeding. Your gynaecologist can also diagnose conditions such as polyps, fibroids and uterine cancer. 

Need to know

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    For this procedure you will likely be placed under general anaesthetic. Your surgeon's techniques may vary, however, they may do the following:

    • A speculum (medical tool for investigating orifices) is slowly inserted into your vagina. This will allow a greater inspection of your cervix .
    • Slightly thicker rods will be moved into the vagina to dilate the cervix, until it is opened. The rods are then removed.
    • A different spoon-shaped instrument is then inserted into your vagina. This instrument has a sharp edge or suction device that is used to remove uterine tissue
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    Your consultant will explain the procedure and answer any questions you may have. They may recommend:

    • limiting food and drink intake in the period before surgery
    • ensuring you have a friend a family member who can take you home after the procedure
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    After the procedure your consultant will advise on when you can get back to your usual routine. The recovery process immediately after D&C may include staying in hospital for a few hours for observation. You may experience slight cramping or mild bleeding from the cervix for a few days. You can take pain-relief medication such as ibuprofen if you experience discomfort. Your consultant will discuss follow-up appointments with you.

Consultant in theatres

Our consultants

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

  • The Portland Hospital

    The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments. 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

  • The Wellington Hospital

    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

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    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London

    W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7034 8181
    Enquiries 020 3131 7962

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    The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 7908 8001
    Enquiries 020 3130 6833

Request an appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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