The surgical termination procedure is also known as dilation and evacuation. You will be given medication to dilate or open up your cervix. The medication usually needs to be taken the day before or on the morning of the procedure. You will then be admitted to the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital for half a day in order to have the evacuation procedure.
You will usually be given a light general anaesthetic before a surgical abortion, so you will be asleep during the procedure. The doctor will use specially designed instruments to remove the contents of your womb through the dilated cervix. You won’t require any incisions or stitches.
The surgical abortion procedure only takes about ten minutes, but you will need to stay in the hospital for a few hours while you recover from the anaesthetic. You should arrange for someone to pick you up afterwards as you will need to rest for the next 24-48 hours.