Below you will find our patient frequently asked questions (FAQ). Choose any of them and you’ll reveal the corresponding answer.
Is everything confidential?
All of our services are completely confidential. Patient information is never released without the signature and authorization of the patient.
When can I have sex again after the surgery?
You should not have sex for two weeks after your procedure. When you return for your two-week check up, the practitioner will advise if you can resume sexual intercourse. We recommend that you abstain from sexual activity for two weeks because following your procedure you are more susceptible to infection and new pregnancy.
Do I have to be awake for the procedure?
Each office offers pain management options. General anesthesia is always available and will put the patient to sleep for the duration of the procedure. We also offer options such as IV sedation, which puts the patients in a trance-like state and local anesthesia which is a cervical block performed prior to the surgery.
What’s the difference between Local Anesthesia and General Anesthesia?
Local anesthesia is a cervical block performed 10 minutes prior to surgery. Your cervix will be anesthetized but you will be awake during the surgery. General anesthesia is administered intravenously. You are completely asleep during the surgery.
Do I need a pregnancy test before scheduling an appointment?
No. Your pregnancy test can be performed when you arrive for your surgery appointment.
When will I have my next menstrual cycle?
Normally, your regular menstrual cycle will resume 4 to 8 weeks after the surgery.
Can I use tampons after the surgery?
You should not use tampons after surgery. Sanitary napkins should be used to decrease the possibility of infection and to monitor the amount you are bleeding.
How is the surgery performed?
The surgery is a simple procedure performed by aspiration (suction). This procedure is referred to as a D&C (Dilation and Curettage) and is chosen method to empty the contents of the uterus. The method takes about 2 to 5 minutes. If you are over 14 weeks pregnant, you will first have your uterus dilated with a sterile product made specifically for cervical dilation called Laminaria. You will return for the actual surgery on the second day. This procedure is referred to as D&E (Dilation and Evacuation). In some cases, a patient will require two consecutive days of dilation and will return for the surgery on the third day. The dilation procedure takes just a few minutes and you will be in the clinic for approximately 2 hours the day or days that you are dilated.
Why can’t I eat before the surgery?
When general anesthesia is administered, gag reflexes are temporarily suppressed. If food or liquid remain in the stomach, vomiting can occur resulting in asphyxiation.
Will I have any symptoms after the surgery?
Some women experience spotting, staining or bleeding on and off up to three weeks after the procedure, while others have no bleeding at all. You may not bleed for a few days and then begin to have some cramping or bleeding. It is normal to experience some cramping during the next few days after the procedure. However, our physicians will give you instructions to ease and monitor the cramping.
What are the precautions that I have to follow after the procedure?
You may resume your normal activities and normal diet after the procedure. It is recommended that you rest during the day of your procedure. You may eat whatever you like but it is suggested that you begin with soups, toast or other easily digestible foods. Do not drink alcoholic beverages including beer and wine, until you have completed the antibiotics prescribed by the physician. To protect against infection, it is important that nothing goes into your vagina until you have your two-week follow-up appointment. This means: Do not use tampons or Tampax, use only sanitary napkins. No vaginal douching. Do not take bath tub or swim, shower only. No vaginal intercourse.
How soon can I get an appointment?
Appointments are available for the same day or the following day. There are appointment buttons at the top of this page or you can call 718 369-1900 and speak to a staff member.
Will somebody talk to me before the procedure?
Yes. A trained medical assistant will review your medical history, pre and post operative instructions, and birth control information. Our medical practitioner will perform a physical examination prior to the procedure and will answer any additional questions you may have.
I’m afraid I will not wake up after general anesthesia. Can this happen?
The anesthesia that we offer is safe, effective and short acting. You will be asleep from 5 to 10 minutes depending on the procedure. There is always some degree of risk with any surgery. Serious complications with general anesthesia are very rare in our facility. The most complications occur when a patient has ingested food or liquid within eight hours of surgery. Tell your counselor if you have had prior complications with anesthesia, or if you had anything to eat or drink within eight hours prior to your surgery.
What if I am Rh Negative?
A blood test performed in our lab will determine your RH factor. If your blood is RH negative, you will be given an injection of MicroRhoGAM following the abortion.
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