Sadly one in every 4-5 pregnancies will end in miscarriage. Vaginal bleeding accompanied by cramping and pain in the lower abdomen is a common sign of a miscarriage however, sometimes there are no symptoms and a miscarriage will only be discovered during a routine ultrasound scan.
Surgical Management of Miscarriage – Evacuation of retained products of conception (ERPC)
Once a miscarriage has been discovered it may be recommended that an operation to remove any remaining pregnancy tissue is carried out. This is known as an evacuation of retained products of conception (ERPC). It is a straightforward procedure which is performed under general anaesthetic and involves opening the cervix with a small tube known as a dilator, and removing any remaining tissue with a suction device. Generally an overnight stay will not be required and most women will be able to go home the same day.
Most insurers will provide cover for this procedure. If you are not insured Spire Harpenden can provide a fixed price package which includes a follow up consultation with Mr Burrell. Please contact us for more details.
Investigations into recurrent miscarriage
Some women will have more than two miscarriages & investigations can be performed to check whether they or their partner have any underlying cause for miscarriage which may give an explanation as to the cause and of any potential treatment.
Often no cause can be found for a miscarriage or recurrent miscarriages & most women will go on to have a successful pregnancy in the future.