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Miscarriage Service

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This procedure is performed under general anaesthetic, or a local anaesthetic with IV sedation. The retained fragments of the placenta membranes and uterine lining are removed by a suction catheter. There may be some tissue from the embryo, but in most early miscarriages this is often less than 1cm.

The tissue from the pregnancy is sent to the laboratory to be examined under the microscope. Some abnormalities relating to pregnancy may be identified from this testing but genetic and chromosomal abnormalities need further special testing which is available on request. The cost of this can be discussed at the time of the operation.

Your midwife or GP can refer you directly to Columba and our staff will arrange a specialist gynaecologist and anaesthetist to perform this procedure for you. Most medical insurance companies will cover the cost of this procedure. You will need to arrive 30 minutes prior to operation time, have nothing to eat or drink for 6 hours prior to the procedure (no lollies or chewing gum and no water).

You will need to have someone to take you home and care for you when you get there. You cannot drive for 24 hours after the operation. You will be with us for approximately one and a half hours. You will be given something to eat and drink before you leave Columba.