Surgical abortion procedures are available up to 24 weeks from the start of the last menstrual period (LMP), as determined by the ultrasound.
A surgical abortion is performed with your choice of:
local anesthesia (up to 12 weeks only)
light sedation with an oral sedative, or
intravenous sedation (twilight sleep)
Surgical abortion procedures for early term pregnancies, up to 14 weeks, are usually done in a single visit.
For late term pregnancies, 15 to 24 weeks, surgical abortions are done in a 2 step procedure.
We will review the abortion procedure, possible risks and complications, and after-care instructions. This is an opportunity to have all of your questions answered and to discuss any concerns, fears, or doubts you are having.
Before your Abortion
If you desire intravenous sedation, you'll need someone who can come with you, stay in the waiting room, and then drive you home.
You must not eat or drink anything for four hours before your appointment.
Allow yourself the day of the procedure and the day after to rest. We will give you a doctor's excuse for work if needed.
What to Expect on the Day of Surgery
Our goal is to make your visit as easy as possible.
If you have already made a definite decision to terminate your pregnancy, plan on approximately 2 hours for your entire visit. If you feel extra counseling is needed, the visit will be longer.
In a private room, a staff member will take your medical history, perform necessary lab work, and an ultrasound. She will also explain the procedure and answer any questions you might have.
Then in a surgery room, the doctor will answer any questions, give you an examination, and discuss your birth control options.
Our patients who choose intravenous sedation usually don't remember the abortion experience. Once the procedure is completed (usually within 10 minutes) you will be moved to recovery where you will rest for about 30 - 60 minutes prior to going home.
You will leave our clinic with detailed recovery instructions, all the medications you need during recovery and a prescription for pain medication. If appropriate we will also include a free pack of birth control pills and prescription for the rest of the year.
One Low Fee Includes:
All Laboratory Tests
Anesthesia - Local or Full Sedation
All Post-operative Medication
Birth Control Pills started immediately if appropriate
Rh Globulin, if needed
No Additional Hidden Fees
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