This is how the Scraping Procedure Works
Your physician has recommended for you to undergo a scraping procedure. Even if this involves a routine intervention lasting a few minutes, you are most likely uncomfortable and would like to learn more about this upcoming procedure. The following information is intended to help you in this regard.
We are happy to also make an appointment for you, when you can become acquainted with the physician, nurses and the facilities prior to the procedure.
Before the Intervention
Please bring a referral notice from your physician. It would also be advantageous if you could bring a blood profile, and if possible, a current potassium reading. Please ensure that you will be able to be picked up by an accompanying person after the operation.
Take particular care not to eat, drink, or smoke as of 10 PM before the day of the operation. Please consume your regular medications after getting up, along with water.
The Intervention Itself
At first you will receive a consent approval form that has been prepared by us. Please read this form carefully and then submit it to us signed. You will then have enough time for a discussion with the physician, during which you can clarify any outstanding questions. We take pains to avoid waiting times. However, sometimes intervention procedures with other patients end up taking more time than expected, such that we ask for your understanding in the event of unforeseen waiting times.
Under full anesthesia, the cervix will be expanded. Then the interior space of the uterus will be examined with an optical device. Then spoon-like instruments may be introduced into the uterus, with which the contents of the uteral cavity can be scraped out.
The scraping procedure usually lasts only 5 to 10 minutes. Then you will be taken to a resting room. After one to two hours you will normally be once again fit to leave the practice in the company of another person.
Please remember that after undergoing anesthesia you may not actively participate in vehicle traffic, use any public transportation, operate machinery, drink any alcohol, or make any important decisions.
After the Intervention
After the intervention cramp-like stomach pains may occur, which may be treated with a pain medication. Aside from this, some blood may still flow from the uterus into the vaginal area. However, this usually stops within two days. Only if the bleeding increases, and in particular if it changes from a dark to a bright red color, should you consult the physician. This also applies if fever or worsening stomach cramps occur. Over the normal course of the procedure, you should undergo a follow-up examination approximately one week later by your physician who has made the referral.