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Surgical Abortions (Up to 24 Weeks)
1st Trimester (Up to 12 Weeks)
 
An Abortion is one of the safest outpatient procedures there is. We would like to emphasis that to date we have had NO PATIENT COMPLICATIONS IN OUR OFFICE. We have accomplished this by only using disposable equipment for our procedures, and by emphasizing cleanliness and sterility throughout our office. Our patient’s safety and care is our number one priority. Most abortions are preformed in the first trimester (Up to 12 weeks). With the advent of the vaginal probe sonogram, women are now afforded the opportunity to terminate their pregnancy in as early as 2 weeks.The abortion is relatively a low risk procedure, statistically, it is 9 times more dangerous to go through childbirth than to have a surgical abortion. However, all risks will be carefully reviewed with you during your initial consultation with your Board Certified physician. General Anesthesia is used for all Surgical procedures.
 
 
 2nd Trimester (12-24 Weeks)
 
A Surgical Abortion is one of the safest outpatient procedures there is. We would like to emphasis that to date we have had NO PATIENT COMPLICATIONS IN OUR OFFICE. We have accomplished this by only using disposable equipment for our procedures, and by emphasizing cleanliness and sterility throughout our office. Our patient’s safety and care is our number one priority. Second Trimester Abortions (12-14 weeks) require more cervical dilation than a first trimester abortion. To accomplish this, dilators (laminaria) must be inserted into the cervical canal early in the morning. The abortion procedure will be performed a sufficient time after insertion of the laminaria.  The procedure will be performed using dilation and vacuum curettage, a suction method of emptying the uterine contents.  This procedure is performed by qualified Board Certified Gynecologist under local anesthesia, IV sedation, or general anesthesia.
 
Abortion in the second trimester - from 13 to 24 weeks - is generally performed using a procedure called Dilation & Evacuation (D&E). The D&E procedure is different from a 1st trimester abortion in a number of ways.
 
Later abortion may require a 2 to 3 day process that includes preparations to gradually/slowly dilate or open the cervix before the actual abortion. 
 
How does Laminaria work?
 
Laminaria absorbs vaginal fluid like a sponge and slowly helps to stretch, open, and soften the cervix. This is done to avoid rapid dilation and possible damage to the cervix (cervical incompetence), which may adversely affect future pregnancies.The use of laminaria helps to make the abortion safer and less painful.
 

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