Trimester - Suction Curettage (through 12 weeks LMP)
Suction Curettage is a safe surgical procedure that can easily be performed
in one day on an outpatient basis. The actual abortion procedure is approximately
five (5) minutes.
Early Mid-Trimester - Dilation and Evacuation
("D&E") (12.1 through 16 weeks LMP)
The D&E abortion procedure is also a safe surgical procedure. Because
the patient is further along in her pregnancy, the cervix must be dilated
(enlarged) more gradually. Therefore, laminaria will be inserted into
the cervix of the patient early in the day and the patient will have her
surgery in the late afternoon.
A laminaria is a thin piece of sterile material which absorbs moisture.
When it is inserted in the cervix, the laminaria expands and causes the
cervix to be safely and gradually enlarged. Early mid-trimester abortion
is also a one day procedure.
Late Mid-trimester - Dilation and Evacuation ("D&E")
(16.1 through 22 weeks LMP)
Late D&E abortion is a two day procedure and is also a safe medical procedure.
It is important to have enough dilation of the cervix and that must be
a gradual process; therefore, patients must make arrangements for overnight
accommodations in Louisville.
Patients will have their medical work up, counseling and laminaria insertion
on the first day of their appointment and surgery on the second day.
Surgical Abortions include:
Diagnostic Testing (pregnancy testing
| urinalysis | Rh blood type | CBC)
Counseling (informed consent | individual
| post-operative instructions | contraceptive)
Local or General Anesthesia
Post operative exam two weeks after surgical procedure
If a patient is Rh negative, there is an additional
fee for mini-gam or Rhogam.
Instructions for Surgical Abortions
You may not eat, drink, smoke nor chew gum after midnight the day of your
Your appointment is at 7:30 a.m. unless other arrangements have been made.
You and your driver must bring a government issued identification, preferably
with a photograph. Your driver must sign into the clinic with you.
If you are currently taking any medication, please bring the medication
with you to the clinic.
If you are a minor, you must have one parent with you to consent to your
abortion. That parent must also have identification. If you cannot bring
one parent, judicial bypass is available.
You must bring your full fee with you in cash or certified check.
We also accept MasterCard and Visa. We do not accept personal
checks under any circumstances.
There are parking garages nearby where you may park. There is also meter
parking in front of the clinic. If you park at a meter, please have plenty
of change to use in the meters.
Please do not bring small children with you to the clinic.
You will need to bring a robe, a pair of socks and sanitary napkins with
Do not bring valuable articles of any kind.
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