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Anesthesia Options for an Aspiration Abortion

Anesthesia Options for an Aspiration Abortion

The aspiration abortion in Boston is the most common type of in-clinic abortion. It’s safe, effective and used during the first fourteen weeks of pregnancy. The procedure is typically completed within fifteen minutes. The procedure uses suction from a machine or hand-held pump to remove a pregnancy through the cervix. Most women are able to return to their normal daily activities one day after this type of abortion. 

Types of Anesthesia

A local anesthesia will be injected into your cervix to help with the pain in that area, but you will probably still experience cramping. You can eat before this type of anesthesia and you will remain awake and able to drive. 

Conscious sedation is another option you may choose. This type of anesthesia is administered through an IV that will be given through a vein in your arm or the back of your hand. You will still be able to speak to the doctor or nurses. This will make you drowsy but pain free. You may feel drowsy for several hours following the procedure. You will be instructed not to eat prior to receiving this anesthesia and you will need someone to drive you home. Conscious sedation is costlier than a local anesthesia. Many people report having no memory of the procedure following conscious sedation. 

A general anesthesia is administered by a licensed anesthetist and it will ensure that you are completely unconscious for the entire procedure. Like conscious sedation, you will be advised not to eat prior to your appointment and you will need a ride home. You will have no memory of the procedure and will not be able to talk or answer questions during the procedure.

Which Anesthesia to Choose?

The type of anesthesia used will depend on your wishes and your medical chart. Your doctor and anesthesiologist will decide which forms of anesthesia are best for your medical condition and situation. At the Boston Abortion Clinic our patients are our number one priority!

Call us today with questions about anesthesia, procedures or to schedule an appointment. Our friendly staff keeps all of your information confidential. 


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