Having an abortion is a huge decision, so Clearway Clinic provides information on the types of abortion procedures to help you make an informed decision. While Clearway does not provide these types of abortions, we are here to help you make decisions on your pregnancy.
In this procedure, the cervical muscle is stretched with dilators until the opening is wide enough to allow the abortion instruments to pass into the uterus. A handheld syringe is attached to tubing that is inserted into the uterus and the fetus is suctioned out.
In Dilation and Evacuation, the doctor opens the cervix with a dilator or luminaria. The doctor inserts tubing into the uterus and connects the tubing to a suction machine. Forceps are used to pull fetal parts out through the cervix. Sometimes the doctor may use a curette, a loop-shaped knife, or suction to remove any remaining tissue or blood clots from the uterus.
When performing the Dilation and Evacuation procedure more than 24 weeks from your last period, lethal injections may be given to stop the fetal heart. The cervix is softened and dilated for 3 days before using laminaria and vaginal medication. General anesthesia may be used if available or IV sedation and a local anesthetic may be given. Surgical instruments are used to grasp and pull fetal parts out through the open cervix. The fetal skull usually needs to be crushed before removal.