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Elective Surgical Abortion

Alternate Names : Induced Abortion, Interruption of Pregnancy

Elective Surgical Abortion | Preparation & Expectations | Home Care and Complications

What happens right after the procedure?

A woman who has a surgical abortion will be watched closely for a short time to make sure that her blood pressure, pulse, and bleeding remain stable. She will then be allowed to go home. In 2 to 4 weeks, she will have a return visit to the health care provider to check for problems.

After any abortion, a woman with Rh-negative blood should be given a shot of Rh immune globulin, unless the father also has Rh-negative blood. The woman may be prescribed a pain medicine. Sometimes, antibiotics are used as well to prevent infection.

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Elective Surgical Abortion: Home Care and Complications

Author: Eva Martin, MD
Reviewer: Barbara Mallari, RN, BSN, PHN
Date Reviewed: 08/22/01

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