Surgical Abortion

Surgical abortion at Bristol Women's Health in Bristol, VA

Surgical Abortion

Up to 16 weeks from first day of last menstrual period (LMP)

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Early Surgical Abortion (first trimester) 6 up to 12 weeks

After you complete your medical history forms, lab work, and counseling, you will be escorted into the procedure room. A mild sedation may be given to eliminate anxiety.

The abortion method used is vacuum aspiration. It’s hard to say what the abortion will feel like since it’s different for each person. Some women compare it to menstrual cramps. After the procedure, you will be closely monitored in a comfortable recovery room under the supervision of the nursing staff.

Surgical Abortion (second trimester) 12.1 up to 16 weeks

Th type of abortion that will be performed after the 1st trimester of pregnancy is similar to the first trimester surgical procedures, but because the pregnancy is more advanced, the procedure takes a little more time and longer recovery is sometimes required.

After Your Surgical Abortion


Following the abortion, you will be resting in a closely monitored and comfortable recovery room under the supervision of the nursing staff.

Before being discharged, you will be given a prescription and post-operative instructions. Patients are encouraged to rest a while before leaving our center. There’s no rush.


  • You can resume normal activities the day after your abortion, but be careful with strenuous exercise.
  • All prescribed medicines must be taken as directed.
  • Any unusual symptoms such as excessive bleeding, severe cramping, or a temperature over 100.4 degrees F should be reported to our center.

Follow-up Care

You are welcome to return our center for a follow-up examination about 3 weeks after your procedure or visit your personal physician for follow-up care.

Learn more about what you can expect on the day of your procedure.

Be aware of Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs) and steer clear of them.


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