How long does a D&C and ablation take?

It usually takes only 10 to 15 minutes, but you may stay in the office, clinic, or hospital for up to five hours. Before a D&C, you will have a complete history taken and sign a consent form. Ask your doctor any questions you have about the D&C.

What is a D&C with ablation?

Some types of endometrial ablation are more successful when the uterine lining is thin. Your doctor might prescribe medications or perform a dilation and curettage (D&C), a procedure in which the doctor scrapes out the extra tissue.

How long is recovery from D&C ablation?

Your doctor inserted a device into your uterus to destroy the lining. You may have cramps and vaginal bleeding for several days. You may also have watery vaginal discharge mixed with blood for a few days. It may take a few days to 2 weeks to recover.

Is an ablation the same as a D&C?

An endometrial ablation is a procedure to remove the lining of the uterus to reduce bleeding. Rest or do quiet activities for the rest of the day. You may take a bath or shower the next day. For a D&C, you may have some light vaginal bleeding for several days.

Why do a D&C before ablation?

This procedure is sometimes performed to allow your doctor to examine the lining of the uterus before the ablation to look for polyps, fibroids, scar tissue, or perforations (holes in the uterus). Dilation and curettage (D&C) allows your doctor to take a sample of the tissue that lines your uterus (endometrium).

Can an ablation cause weight gain?

Endometrial ablation does not affect a patient’s weight.

Do they give you pain meds after a D&C?

Pain Management After a D&C patients tend to experience some discomfort such as cramping and/or pain. This is normal. Your doctor may recommend non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Motrin or Ibuprofen to manage your pain.