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DILATION & CURETAGE PROCEDURE
A dilation and curettage procedure, also called a D&C, is a surgical procedure in which the cervix (lower, narrow part of the uterus) is dilated (expanded) so that the uterine lining (endometrium) can be scraped with a curette (spoon-shaped instrument) to remove abnormal tissues. A suction D&C uses suction to remove uterine contents. A sample of uterine tissue is also taken and viewed under a microscope to check for abnormal cells. The procedure can be either operative or diagnostic.
WHY ITS DONE
- To remove tissue in the uterus during or after a miscarriage or abortion or to remove small pieces of placenta after childbirth (This helps prevent infection or heavy bleeding).
- To diagnose or treat abnormal uterine bleeding.
- Hormonal imbalances
- Uterine cancer