Second Trimester Surgical Abortion

A patient who is 12 to 17.5 weeks (17 weeks 3 days) gestation as determined by ultrasound is considered to be in the second trimester. The abortion procedure for a second trimester abortion is done in two steps and in two consecutive days. This is necessary to allow the body time to prepare for the second trimester procedure.

On the first day the Surgeon will insert Laminara sticks (dried pieces of seaweed sticks) designed to help the cervix expand over the next 24 hours and prepare the body for a second trimester abortion.

On the second day under Twilight anesthesia, the Surgeon will remove the Laminara sticks and perform the D&C

To ensure that you have a healthy recovery make sure to:

Drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol while taking medications
Avoid any strenuous activities or heavy lifting (over 15 pounds).
DO NOT drive for 24 hours after surgery.
Monitor your temperature.
DO NOT immerse yourself in water until after your follow-up exam.
DO NOT use any type of a douching product
DO NOT use tampons, only maxi pads.
DO NOT engage in sexual activity.
If you have heavy bleeding (saturating 2-3 pads in an hour) or any large blood clots please call the center right away.
You can take any non-aspirin products for cramping.
Your menstrual period will usually return in 4-8 weeks.
You will need to make a follow-up exam in two weeks.
You can take any non-aspirin products for cramping.

Your menstrual period will usually return in 4-8 weeks.
You will need to make a follow-up exam in two weeks.