Youtu.beJiaqOtVna1g Your doctor has recommended that you undergo a Dilation and Curettage, or D and C. But what does that actually mean The uterus is part of a woman’s reproductive system. It’s the organ that contains the growing fetus. The cervix forms the neck of the uterus, and the vagina is the canal through which conception and birth take place. The endometrium is a soft lining that protects the fetus during pregnancy. Reasons for having a D and C vary. Most D and C’s are performed because the patient has complained of unusually heavy menstrual bleeding.
Other common problems include, uterine infection, bleeding after sexual intercourse, incomplete miscarriage or the presence of polyps small pieces of extra tissue growing on the inside of the uterine wall. Then the surgeon will use a gloved hand to conduct a vaginal examination and will check the size and location of the uterus by pressing on your lower abdomen. A metal or plastic vaginal speculum is used to gently expand the vagina and allow access to the cervix. Once the cervix is visible, a forcep is used to grasp the front lip of the cervix causing.
The uterus to open a little. Using a blunttipped probe, the surgeon carefully measures the length of the uterus and takes a small sample of tissue from the cervical canal. Next, the surgeon will dilate, or open the cervix, using a series of progressively larger metal rods called dilators. When the cervix has expanded sufficiently, the doctor will use a spoonshaped instrument called a curette to gently scrape out the lining of the uterus. In some cases, surge When the entire lining of the uterus has been removed, the instruments are withdrawn.