Surgical Abortion 5 weeks up to 23.6 weeks
ARIZONA ABORTION LAW REQUIREMENT
At least 24 hours PRIOR to having your surgical abortion, you will NEED TO REVIEW the state mandated information about your abortion IN PERSON with the doctor.
This law does require an EXTRA appointment. We will also be doing an ultrasound and checking blood type and hemoglobin for anemia.
You can read this information ahead of time: State of Arizona Medical Abortion Mandate [pdf]
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Before Your Surgical Abortion Visit
Shower or bath as usual and dress comfortably in loose fitting clothing. The day before your surgery appointment: hydrate, drink plenty of fluids and water. On the day of your surgery appointment: do not eat anything for 6 hours before your appointment. You may have clear liquids (water, black coffee/tea, or soda) until 2 hours before your appointment time.
Please take any prescription medication at the usual times.
Your Surgical Abortion Visit
Plan to be in the office for approximately 2 hours if you are under 12 weeks.
- If you are between 12 and 16 weeks, it is a one-day procedure but you will be in the office approximately 4 hours.
- After 16 weeks, you will probably need 2 visits to the office that will be approximately 2 hours for the first and 4-6 hours for the second visit.
You will be asked to complete some medical forms first and read through information about your procedure. Then, your history will be reviewed privately. You will also learn about the procedure and birth control options for after the abortion. Any further questions or concerns you have before the procedure will be discussed.
Surgical Abortion Procedure
The abortion takes only a few minutes and is a simple, safe procedure.
A female Registered Nurse will be by your side during the entire procedure.
The Nurse will start an IV and, once the Doctor is in the room, intravenous sedation will be given. The Doctor will then begin the procedure only after the sedation takes effect, which is within 1-3 minutes. The cervix (the entrance to the uterus) is dilated to about the diameter of a drinking straw. The doctor inserts a small tube, or cannula, which is attached to an aspirator machine. The mild suction action of the machine empties the contents of the uterus. You might have mild cramps during the procedure. Many patients do not remember the procedure and have no cramps at all.
After the procedure, you will be observed in a semi-private, cozy recovery room in a comfortable recliner with a heating pad. Our nurses will make sure that your blood pressure and heart rate are normal and that bleeding and discomfort are within normal limits. You can then have something to drink and something to eat. All post-operative medications will be given to you as well as written instructions. Birth control is usually started the Sunday after your abortion.
Most women are able to return to daily activities the following day. Avoid strenuous activity for a few days to prevent unnecessary pain or bleeding. Most women experience some spotting or bleeding that may last only a few days or as long as two weeks. To prevent infection we recommend not to put anything in the vagina (tampons, sex, douching) for one week. Dr. Goodrick is available 24 hours a day for urgent medical calls. You can always reach us with a routine question or concern during normal office hours.
Abortion is considered one of the safest surgical procedures when performed by a skilled physician. Dr. Goodrick has provided abortions for over 20 years and her goal is to provide the best medical care to protect your future fertility. Go to Frequently Asked Questions for more information.
For patients who have deep anxiety, phobias; or other medical needs deep sedation allows these patients to receive abortion care in a relaxed and comfortable state. Patients under deep sedation will have no memory of the procedure and experience no pain. Camelback Family Planning has the capability to offer occasional Saturday appointments with a licensed anesthesiologist for an additional cost.
Please feel free to call our office at any time if you have any questions regarding your care. You will have an opportunity to ask Dr. Goodrick and the staff any additional questions on the day of your procedure.