This method is ideal for women who prefer to ‘be asleep’ while the procedure takes place and whose pregnancy is up to 20 weeks in gestation. This procedure is carried out under a general anaesthetic, which involves an injection into the back of the hand that gently sends you off to sleep. The cervix (neck of the uterus) is gently stretched and the contents of the uterus are removed using a suction tube.
Should you choose to have a surgical termination under general anaesthetic, you will NOT be able to eat, drink, smoke, suck a sweet or chew gum from midnight prior to the operation.
Depending on the stage of your pregnancy, you may need cervical priming. Misoprostal tablets are given orally, prior to treatment. This will soften the cervix and help to minimise the risk of damage to the cervix.
Discharge from the clinic
Discharge times differ depending on the length of the pregnancy and also on the anaesthetic used. An estimated time of discharge will be given to you when you make your appointment so you can make travel arrangements.
We recommend you have someone with you (or nearby) for the first 24 hours after treatment. Bleeding varies from slight bleeding on and off to as much as your heaviest period. It is normal to pass small clots a few days after the operation accompanied by stomach cramps. After this time, the bleeding will reduce but you could bleed on and off for 3-4 weeks. If you are concerned, you can contact us at anytime.
You must not drive for at least 48 hours after a general anaesthetic. We recommend that you arrange to have someone collect you from the clinic and take you home.
You can take your normal painkillers (they must not contain aspirin) to relieve any discomfort. The nurse will discuss suitable pain relief with you before you leave the clinic. Your first period may occur 4-6 weeks later and it may be heavier than normal.
We also advise that you avoid any heavy lifting or exercise for 2-3 weeks.