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.
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"Love my Results but Scarring is Bad - I waited until I could do a real review. Now I’m over 3 months post-op. I first did a consultation the second week of March. Everything went well and told me I would be a candidate. The staff was really nice-A1. I met Dr Sotomayor briefly this day. I paid the deposit and scheduled for 2 weeks out for lower/upper ab and flanks (i wanted to do the back rolls as well but decided not to). I honestly booked on faith because the reviews were iffy. Day of surgery, I come in they take vitals and give me a “relaxation pill” and local anesthesia. Now here is where my problem lies but I was so out of it, I couldn’t respond at the time. I thought Dr Sotomayor was doing the surgery but it ended up being a lady named Dr. V. I feel she did me good but this def should’ve been communicated because I literally knew nothing about her. During the approx 2hr surgery, it was a bit painful but they acknowledged my pain and handled it great. I was sent home with instructions and meds.To sum this all up, I love my results considering I had a lot of fat-i think she said she got rid of 4000cc. After the lipo, i was not in a ton of pain but the itching and swelling is a beast. The scarring is bad. I have use Shea butter, Vitamin E oil and Bio Oil every single day, twice a day. The scarring has improved and hopefully will be non existent one day but only time and consistency will tell. If you are ok with scarring then go with them. The price was good considering I had a 35 BMI. My advice to Graceful Contours is to be up front about who will perform the surgery. I will add pics of my great outcome!"- C. / RealSelf / Jul 25, 2021
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What are the Benefits of Dilation and Curettage?
There are several reasons why patients opt to have a dilation and curettage procedure at the Gynecology and Cosmetic Surgery Center of Atlanta. Aside from helping to treat a variety of medical conditions, benefits include:
- Minimally invasive treatment: D&C is done in an outpatient setting at our office and requires no incisions or stitches.
- Quick recovery: Women return home on the same day as their procedure and resume normal activities within a short period.
- Accurate diagnosis: Dr. Sotomayor can help diagnose serious issues that could not be identified through other methods.
- Relief from unwanted symptoms: If you are experiencing heavy menstrual bleeding or other signs of a gynecological condition, D&C may provide much-needed relief.
Who Are Ideal Candidates for D&C?
Ideal candidates for D&C at the Gynecology and Cosmetic Surgery Center of Atlanta are individuals who are experiencing abnormal uterine bleeding, such as heavy or prolonged menstrual periods, postmenopausal bleeding, or bleeding between periods. D&C can also be recommended for women who have experienced miscarriages, have incomplete miscarriages, or have certain gynecological conditions like endometrial polyps or fibroids. The expert team in Norcross, GA is dedicated to providing compassionate and personalized care, ensuring the well-being of their patients throughout the entire D&C process.
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.
Does a D&C hurt?
No, it does not. Patients are either put under general anesthesia (they are asleep) or local anesthesia is used to completely numb the treatment area. After the procedure, it is common to experience mild to moderate cramping, similar to menstrual cramps for a few days.
How long is recovery after a D&C procedure?
Patients will spend 2 – 3 hours in recovery after their procedure to monitor for complications and/or heavy bleeding. When Dr. Sotomayor releases you, you'll be able to go home, but you'll need someone to drive you. You may experience mild cramping, pelvic pain, and/or spotting or light bleeding. Most patients will be able to return to work and light activity in about 1 – 2 days. It is typically recommended to avoid using tampons and refrain from sex for a while after your procedure — Dr. Sotomayor will tell you when you are clear to resume all activities.
Will a D&C affect my menstrual cycle?
Yes, it can. It is common for your next period to be either late or early after a D&C procedure. You may also notice heavier bleeding with a little more clotting during the first 1 – 2 periods after a D&C.
Can I still get pregnant after a D&C?
Yes, you can. However, it may take some time for your cycle to return to a normal, regular timing. But having a D&C does not affect your fertility or ability to become pregnant.
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.