LATER-TERM ABORTION METHODS
D&E after viability: This surgical method can be performed 24 or more weeks after the last menstrual period and typically takes 2-3 days to complete.
The medications digoxin and potassium chloride are either injected into the amniotic fluid, the umbilical cord, or directly into the fetus’ heart. The remainder of the procedure is the same as the second trimester D&E.
Fetal parts must be reassembled after removal to make sure nothing is left behind to cause infection and bleeding.
This procedure is associated with increased risk to the life and health of the mother.
Intact D&E: This is an alternate surgical method that removes the fetus in one piece.
This procedure is done primarily to reduce the risk of leaving parts behind or causing damage to the woman’s body. However, it is still necessary to crush the fetus’ skull prior to removal as it is difficult to dilate the cervix wide enough to bring the head out intact.
For more information on later-term abortion procedures and risks, call 770.723.0772 to make an appointment.