A D&C is a surgical procedure that is done at St. Mary’s Hospital. Before the procedure, the patient would be put under anesthesia. For the procedure, the cervix is opened, or dilated, and a thin instrument is inserted into the uterus. The instrument removes tissue from the inside of the uterus which is called curettage.

A D&C can be done for several different reasons, including:

  • To remove tissue in the uterus during or after a miscarriage or abortion
  • To remove small pieces of placenta after childbirth
  • Diagnose or treat abnormal uterine bleeding.
  • Diagnose or treat growths such as fibroids, polyps or endometriosis, or even uterine cancer.

During the procedure, the physician will remove tissue from the uterine wall. This tissue is sent off to pathology to check for abnormal cells. After a D&C is performed, a new lining will build up in the uterus. The next menstrual period may not occur at the regular time, it may be early or late. You also may experience mild pain, spotting or light bleeding.

If you have any of the following symptoms you should contact your physician: heavy bleeding, fever, abdominal pain, or foul smelling discharge. In about 1 to 2 days you should be able to resume your regular activities.