What Is Dilation and Curettage?
Dilation and curettage (D&C) is a gynecology surgery that removes the inner uterine lining (endometrium) while the cervix is dilated. It is typically done to stop bleeding and help avoid infection. Dr. Gerry Sotomayor and the highly skilled team at Gynecology and Cosmetic Surgery Center of Atlanta utilize dilation and curettage to diagnose and address a variety of gynecological conditions. You might need to have D&C performed to:
- Clean out the uterus after a miscarriage
- Treat heavy menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia)
- Perform an endometrial biopsy to check for precancerous cells
- Diagnose the cause of heavy bleeding, infertility, or another reproductive disorder
To schedule a gynecology appointment, please contact our team near Norcross, GA.
What to Expect with D&C
Dilation and curettage is an outpatient procedure performed at our office, taking about 10 – 15 minutes. You'll either be asleep under general anesthesia or you will have a form of local anesthesia to help you stay comfortable. Dr. Sotomayor will start by opening your cervix with a speculum, followed by using several surgical instruments (cervical dilators) to slowly widen your cervix to give access to your uterus. A scraping tool will then be used to clean out the tissue in your uterus or to obtain a sample for lab testing, if necessary. You will most likely have some cramping, pelvic pain, or light bleeding during recovery after a D&C. Your normal activities can generally be resumed within a day or two.
Your Health Matters
At Gynecology and Cosmetic Surgery Center of Atlanta, we provide compassionate gynecology care that is customized to fit your needs. Dr. Gerry Sotomayor has many years of experience performing D&C and other gynecology surgeries near Norcross, GA. If you're dealing with early pregnancy loss, heavy periods, or another gynecological problem, let us help. Call our office to schedule an appointment today.