Women's Center
Friday, July 03, 2020

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Dilation and Curettage

D and C


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Your doctor understands that all medical care benefits from close collaboration between physician and patient -- so be sure to review, with your doctor, all risks and alternatives and make sure you understand the reasons behind the recommendation for this particular procedure.

Now let's talk in detail about the procedure your doctor has recommended. That particular recommendation was based on a number of factors:

  • the state of your health,

  • the severity of your condition,

  • an assessment of alternative treatments or procedures and finally,

  • the risks associated with doing nothing at all.

And remember, the final decision is up to you. No one can force you to undergo a surgical procedure against your will.

Because a D and C can be used either as a diagnostic procedure, or as a treatment or both,
it's important that you understand the exact reason why your doctor has made this recommendation.
If the D and C is meant to treat abnormal bleeding, you should make sure to discuss alternative treatments with your doctor. In some cases, hormonal drug therapy, destruction of the uterine lining, and even the removal of the uterus are used to treat bleeding problems.
However, these are considered to be more extreme treatments and are usually recommended only after a D and C has been tried.
If the purpose of the D and C is mainly to remove tissue for analysis in the laboratory, there are no real alternatives to the procedure.
Choosing not to have a D and C will not usually put your health at risk, however, symptoms in the uterus can be warning signs of more serious medical problems and for that reason you should carefully consider the diagnostic value of your doctor's recommendation to have a D and C.
Now I'd like to introduce you to another important member of the medical team -- the nurse.

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