Dilation and curettage, also known as a D and C procedure, is among the top diagnostic and treatment surgeries performed on women of all ages. It involves the removal of tissue from the inside of the uterus and is usually used in the diagnosis and treatment of various uterine conditions. In most cases, D and C procedure is a preferred alternative to a  hysterectomy.

A D and C procedure is a minor surgery usually performed in a doctor’s office or in a hospital depending on the nature and complexity of the gynecological disorder. In addition, the procedure may be performed along with a hysteroscopy. During a hysteroscopy procedure, a special instrument with a light and a camera is inserted in the uterus. This allows the gynecologist to visualize and examine your womb using a monitor that displays the images and allows the gynecologist to take tissue samples. It also helps the physician to avoid missing small polyps.

A D and C procedure might be performed to diagnose a medical condition after gathering important information about the uterus. For instance, a Therapeutic D and C allows the removal of the contents of the uterus for different gynecological conditions. In some cases, when an endometrial biopsy is not possible or gives insufficient tissue samples, this procedure is commonly performed.

Understanding the anatomy of the female reproductive organs falls within the realm of the gynecologist’s education and experience making the D and C procedure very safe. The female reproductive structure, located in the pelvis, is made up of organs including the vagina, the uterus, the fallopian tubes and the ovaries.

Each of the organs has its own functions. For instance, the ovaries are involved in ovulation and production of specialized hormones such as estrogen and progesterone. During ovulation, the egg is released and may become fertilized as it moves down the fallopian tube. If the egg fails to become fertilized, the endometrial lining breaks up and together with the egg are shed as menstrual blood during the menstrual period.

The uterus is a pear shaped organ made of muscles that sit in the lower abdomen. It is held in place with ligaments that prevent it from sinking into the vagina. The lower part or the neck of the uterus that opens to the vagina is called the cervix.
Having a Diagnostic D and C performed, gives women more information and various treatment options.  It also provides critical information about whether traces of uterine cancer are present. The procedure can correct other problems such as tissue overgrowth and scar tissue. Dr. Simon Weiss has compiled a team of the best gynecologists and obstetricians at the Specialty in Obstetrics and Gynecology Centers located in South Florida. They are a full service obgyn center that offers diagnostic, treatment surgical, and even weight loss services.

Patients are advised to gather information before and understand the procedure as they prepare for surgery. Alternatives to this procedure may include cytology, transvaginal ultrasound and sonohysterography.Preparing for a D and C by asking questions and following the pre-op instructions will help to remove a lot of anxiety for the first time patient. Recovery from a D and C involves some rest, occasional mild side effects, and physician’s instructions based on your medical history and type of D and C procedure

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