The surgical intervention which consists in a vacuum aspiration, is done under local or general anesthesia.
Based on your medical records, the anesthesiologist will rule out beforehand any potential contraindication to anesthetics. The physician could also give you a medicine to take 36 to 48 hours before the intervention to prepare the cervix for surgery. You may as well be prescribed an antibiotic prophylaxis to prevent infectious complications.
The abortion procedure lasts about twenty minutes. You will then be transferred to a post-anesthesia care unit for monitoring. A couple of hours is generally required to recover regardless the method of anesthesia chosen. Depending on your country’s regulations, for local anesthesia you will get home the same day, and for general anesthesia you may be asked not to go home alone and to be accompanied by a relative or a friend.
In the days that follow a surgical termination of pregnancy, you may experience post-operative bleeding and pain. These signs are the result of the surgical procedure and do not necessarily require you to see your physician. The bleeding and pain should gradually diminish.