Uterine Dilation and Curettage
Uterine scraping (D and C) has relatively few risks, and is usually done for diagnosing uterine cancer, or may be necessary for a woman who has only partially miscarried. In the past this was one of the most common surgical procedures in females but has been replaced today with office procedures such as hysteroscopy, endometrial biopsy, and ultrasound. Although it can provide some short term relief for abnormal bleeding, this is rarely a good long term solution.
Normal activities may be resumed as soon as the patient feels well, even the same day. There may be vaginal bleeding, as well as pelvic cramps and back pain for a few days after the procedure. Pain can usually be managed well with medications. Tampon use is not recommended for a few weeks and sexual intercourse is not recommended for a few days.