Dilation and Curettage D C Surgery PreOp Patient Engagement and Eduion
youtu.beJiaqOtVna1g Your has recommended that you undergoa Dilation and Curettage, or D and C. But what does that actually meané The uterus is part of a woman's reproductivesystem. It's the organ that contains the growing fetus. The cervix forms the neck of the uterus, and the vagina is the canal through whichconception and birth take place. The endometrium is a soft lining that protectsthe fetus during pregnancy.
Reasons for having a D and C vary. Most Dand C's are performed because the patient has complained of unusually heavy menstrualbleeding. Other common problems include, uterine infection,bleeding after sexual intercourse, incomplete miscarriage or the presence of polyps small pieces ofextra tissue growing on the inside of the uterine wall. Then the surgeon will use a gloved hand toconduct a vaginal examination and will check the size and loion of the uterus by pressingon your lower abdomen.
A metal or plastic vaginal speculum is usedto gently expand the vagina and allow access to the cervix. Once the cervix is visible, a forcep is usedto grasp the front lip of the cervix causing the uterus to open a little. Using a blunttipped probe, the surgeon carefullymeasures the length of the uterus and takes a small sample of tissue from the cervicalcanal. Next, the surgeon will dilate, or open thecervix, using a series of progressively larger metal rods called dilators.
When the cervix has expanded sufficiently,the will use a spoonshaped instrument called a curette to gently scrape out thelining of the uterus. In some cases, surge When the entire lining of the uterus has beenremoved, the instruments are withawn. The tissue removed will then be sent to alaboratory for analysis.