Early abortion procedures involve dilating or widening the cervix (the opening of the uterus) and evacuating the contents of the uterus by means of vacuum aspiration.
The procedure past 12 weeks may involve the insertion of laminaria (a cervical dilator).
The "weeks gestation" is determined by ultrasound examination. Pregnancy is dated from the date of the last menstrual period. It is known that the time of conception is normally two weeks after the beginning of the menstrual period. One week after conception (3 weeks by the LMP) the pregnancy test becomes positive and the pregnancy can be safely terminated.
The abortion is performed under general (sleep) or local anesthesia as an available option.
We give individual and private care.
The average length of time a patient spends in our facility is 2 to 3 hours. We achieve this short stay by scheduling individual appointments throughout the day.
Sadly, there are times when a Private Physician must inform a patient who is pregnant and happily looking forward to having a child that there is a fetal abnormality. This special group of women find themselves facing a difficult decision based on medical tests and facts.
We believe that because of our sensitivity to the issues involved in pregnancy termination, we are equipped to manage and care for these patients very well. Patients are cared for according to the referring physician's recommendations. We have the expertise, time and attention to provide competent, dignified, and confidential care to all our patients.
Our staff is specially trained in issues of women's health, has extensive experience and sensitivity to help minimize the emotional and physical concerns of patients in this type of situation.
We cooperate with the patient's choice of laboratories for any special testing purposes.
Both our Physician and our staff are available 24 hours a day to speak to referring physicians and their patients regarding this unique situation.