If you prefer to not use the pill or it is not an option for you, then we can offer you a surgical abortion. Surgical abortion is a very safe and common procedure, and our physicians are experiences and skilled. Surgical abortion is performed using a suction machine that gently empties your uterus. When you come for your visit, you will register at the front desk and fill out some paperwork including a questionnaire about your medical history. Then, some blood will be drawn and an ultrasound, or sonogram, will be performed to determine how far along in your pregnancy you are.
You will be able to meet with your physician and anesthesiologist prior to the procedure to answer any questions you might have. Once you go into the procedure room the anesthesiologist will start an IV in your arm and you will receive medicine through the IV that will cause you to fall asleep. You are monitored by an anesthiologist during the entirety of the procedure. You will be asleep for around 5 minutes. If you prefer to stay awake for the procedure that is also an available option. Once you are asleep the physician will place a speculum to visualize your cervix and will use small metal dilators to open your cervix until a small catheter attached to a suction machine can be advanced into the uterus. This is used to remove the pregnancy. No cutting, scraping, or sharp instruments are used.
You will then be brought to the recovery room where you will be monitored closely. Once you are awake and able to walk you will be able to go home. This usually takes anywhere from 30-60 minutes.
Afterwards you might feel some mild cramping and have light bleeding like a period. You will receive a prescription for an antibiotic to help prevent infection and pain medicine to take for discomfort. You will be scheduled for a follow up visit in 3 weeks to make sure you are recovering well and to discuss contraception options.
If you are interested in a first trimester abortion please call us at 646-898-2122 to schedule an appointment today.