At Willow Clinic we do not do surgical abortions. For any of our patients who change their mind and want surgery or who are too far for the medical abortion, we will refer you to one of the surgical clinics in Vancouver.
If you need a surgical completion of a medical abortion we make an appointment for you at Everywoman’s Health Center. All of the Willow Clinic doctors also work at Everywoman’s.
At Everywoman’s, you will be offered intravenous (IV) pain and relaxing medications. The doctor will put the freezing in your cervix and use suction from the syringe or suction machine to empty your uterus. This takes about 5 minutes and you will feel cramping pains. Another ultrasound is done to make sure the uterus is empty. You will need to wait in the clinic until the staff have checked and made sure your are ready to go (about 20-30 minutes).
This procedure is very safe. There is less than 1% chance of infection or complications requiring a second procedure. There is about 1/100,000 chance of a serious reaction to the medications used or any damage to the uterus.
MEDICAL DIRECTOR: DR ELLEN WIEBE