Surgical abortion involves a minor operation either awake (under local anaesthetic) or asleep (under general anaesthetic). There are two types of surgical abortion:
- Vacuum Aspiration
- Dilatation and Evacuation
Vacuum aspiration uses gentle suction to remove the pregnancy and takes about 5-10 minutes from start to finish. Can be done at BPAS awake (under local anaesthetic) up to 12 weeks of pregnancy, asleep (under general anaesthetic) up to 15 weeks of pregnancy at BPAS. It is also available with conscious sedation (which makes you relaxed, awake but drowsy, and pain is managed with local anaesthetic). Surgical abortion usually requires one visit to the clinic and you are able to go home the same day as treatment.
Read more about vacuum aspiration abortion awake (under local anaesthetic).
Read more about vacuum aspiration abortion asleep (under general anaesthetic).
Read more about vacuum aspiration with conscious sedation (sedated)
Dilatation and Evacuation
This treatment is usually performed between 15 to 24 weeks of pregnancy. Dilatation and Evacuation is carried out under general anaesthetic (asleep). A doctor will remove the pregnancy using narrow forceps passed through the neck of the womb and gentle suction. It requires one visit to the clinic, usually returning home the same day for abortions up to 20 weeks. If the pregnancy is over 20 weeks more than one visit may be required or an overnight stay.
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