Dilation and Curettage in Singapore

Hospitals and medical centers in Singapore performing Dilation and Curettage.
Gleneagles Hospital Contact Gleneagles Hospital
Private Hospital, Singapore
JCI AccreditationJCI Accreditation
A 380 bed private hospital offering tertiary acute care services that cover a wide range of medical and surgical specialties.
Dilation and Curettageupon request
37 listed gynecologists:view all >
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Assoc. Prof. Tay Sun Kuie
Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Surgical Oncology
Dr. Ng Kheng Hong
Dr. Ng Kheng Hong
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Mount Elizabeth Hospital Contact Mount Elizabeth Hospital
Private Hospital, Singapore
JCI AccreditationJCI Accreditation
One of the largest private medical centers in Asia, with the highest number of private specialists including cardiac surgeons, cardiologists and neurologists, neurosurgeons and general surgeons.
Dilation and Curettageupon request
35 listed gynecologists:view all >
Dr. A Ilancheran
Dr. A Ilancheran
Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Dr. Chan Yew Foon
Dr. Chan Yew Foon
Obstetrics & Gynaecology
KK Women's And Children's Hospital Contact KK Women's And Children's Hospital
Public Hospital, Singapore
JCI AccreditationJCI Accreditation
An integrated medical facility and tertiary referral center for healthcare concerns of women, children and babies.
Dilation and Curettageupon request
61 listed gynecologists:view all >
Dr. Sadhana Nadarajah
Dr. Sadhana Nadarajah
Director, Department of Reproductive Medicine
Prof. Ho Tew Hong
Prof. Ho Tew Hong
Head of the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Thomson Medical Center (TMC) Contact Thomson Medical Center (TMC)
Private Hospital, Singapore
A women and children centred medical facility with a full range of services covering the specialties of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Pediatrics.
Dilation and Curettageupon request
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About Dilation and Curettage

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What is Dilation and Curettage?
Dilation and curettage (D&C) is a surgical procedure in which the cervix is dilated and the contents of the uterus are scraped and scooped out, which is known as curettage. This is a remedial gynecological procedure and is used in rare cases of first trimester abortion.

How is Dilation and Curettage Performed?
Dilation and curettage involves two steps:
  • Step 1: Dilation
    The cervix is grasped with a clamp and a thin flexible metallic tube is inserted to find out the depth and angle of the uterus. This is done to determine how far the curette can be inserted safely into the uterus. It takes approximately 10 minutes for the cervix to expand. The dilation may alternatively be done by using Laminaria tents, which may be inserted 8 to 20 hours before the dilation procedure. The Laminaria absorbs fluids and swells up. This causes the cervix to be dilated in a less traumatic way as compared to using metallic dilators for dilation.
  • Step 2: Hysteroscopy and Curettage
    After the dilation procedure, a speculum is used to open the vagina and a tiny spoon is used to extract a sample of the lining of the cervix. The hysteroscope is at this moment entered into the uterus to view the inside of the uterus. Any polyps, fibroids or abnormal growths of the endometrium may be viewed during this procedure. Biopsies may also be performed at this time.
    Then, a larger and longer curette is inserted into the uterus through the dilated cervix. The doctor then scrapes the uterine wall gently, and the collected samples are sent for lab analysis. After the completion of the curettage, the instruments are removed.

    Patients who are under local anesthesia may feel a tugging sensation during the curettage and cramps may also be experienced.

How to Prepare for Dilation and Curettage?
  • The patient may need to do some blood and urine tests.
  • Sedatives may be provided before the procedure.
  • Deep breathing may help in easing cramps experienced during the procedure.
  • The patient may be required to stop taking certain medication a few days before the procedure.
  • Consumption of alcohol and tobacco should also be avoided.
  • The doctor should be informed if the patient is suffering from any ailments and medical condition.

Duration of procedure/surgery:
20 to 30 minutes

Days admitted:
Dilation and curettage is usually done as an outpatient procedure.

General anesthesia is usually used for this procedure. However, in some cases local anesthesia is administered.

- After the procedure the patient is taken to the recovery room until the effects of anesthesia wear out.
- The patient will experience cramps, which lasts for a day or longer.
- The patient may also experience bleeding for some days after the procedure.
- The patient will not be able to drive for 24 hours after the procedure.
- Pain medication may be prescribed by the doctor.

Dilation and curettage involves certain risks that include:
- Infection, the symptoms of which are fever, bleeding, intensified cramps, and foul-smelling discharge from the vagina.
- Risks of general anesthesia, the symptoms of which include failed intubation and pulmonary aspiration.
- Uterus perforation
- Bowel or bladder puncture
- Severe scraping that causes extensive uterus scarring, which may lead to Asherman’s syndrome.

After care:
- Most patients can get back to normal activities soon after the procedure.
- Patients should avoid activities that involve penetration, such as sexual intercourse and using tampons, for two weeks after the procedure to avoid infection.

The doctor should be informed if the following symptoms occur:
- Fever
- Cramps that are not relieved by medication
- Prolonged bleeding
- Foul-smelling vaginal discharge