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Second Trimester Abortion


Surgical abortions are usually conducted over a 2 to 3-day period. However, second-trimester abortions do not require an overnight stay in a hospital. Medication along with small dilating sticks will soften the cervix, induce cramping and dilate the cervix. This medication will remain in the cervix overnight and prepare the body for the surgical procedure to take place. The amount of time that the medication is inserted into the cervix depends on the gestational age.

A preoperative appointment will be needed to discuss the termination and learn about the procedure. Prescription pain medications and antibiotics will be administered.


Surgical Appointment

It is extremely important to follow all instructions given by the doctor prior to the procedure. Do not eat or drink after 12 am on the day of the surgical procedure. General anesthesia will be administered intravenously, allowing the patient to be relaxed and sedated during the procedure. With the guidance of an ultrasound, the doctor will use gynecological tools and suction to remove the pregnancy. The procedure itself can range from 15-30 minutes. However, the patient is in the operation room for an hour.

The patient will recover in the recovery room for about 2 hours and will be constantly monitored by highly trained nurses. It is highly advised not to operate heavy machinery or drive a vehicle following the procedure. The patient should arrange for a companion to pick them up.


A follow-up visit will be scheduled 1 to 2 weeks after the pregnancy to ensure that the patient is healing and the procedure was successful. This procedure is safe, however rare risks including blood clots in the uterus, infection or a tear in the cervix may occur. All complications are easily treated.