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Surgical abortion

Surgical abortion involves a minor operation. There are two types of surgical abortion:

Vacuum aspiration (can be done awake, sedated or asleep):

  • Removes the pregnancy by gentle suction.
  • Up to 14 weeks, this can be done while you are awake (local anaeasthetic). The quicker recovery time for this procedure means you can leave the clinic unattended and drive sooner.
  • Up to 15 weeks this can be done while you are asleep (general anaesthetic) or sedated (relaxed and sleepy).

Dilatation and Evacuation – between 15 and 24 weeks of pregnancy.

  • Carried out while you are asleep (general anaesthetic).
  • The pregnancy is removed using narrow forceps through the neck of the womb (cervix).
  • You will need to have cervical preparation on the day of surgery or possibly the day before.