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Dilation and Curettage (D&C) (cont.)

After the Dilation and Curettage Procedure

  • The recovery time is generally short following a D&C. Cramps, similar to menstrual cramps, will probably be the patient's strongest sensation immediately after a D&C. Although most women experience cramps for less than an hour, some women may have cramps for a day or more.
  • The patient may also have some light bleeding for several days.
  • The patient will most likely be placed in the recovery room immediately after the procedure. Most hospitals and outpatient clinics will keep the patient for an hour or until she is fully awake. The patient will need to arrange for a ride home.
  • It is suggested that the patient not drive for at least 24 hours after anesthesia. This is recommended even after a sedative/local anesthesia because side effects of these drugs can temporarily impair the coordination and response time.
  • Naproxen or ibuprofen are usually given for relief from cramping. Narcotics are seldom, if ever, needed for the pain following the D&C.

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