Surgical or Medical Termination: what is the best option for me?

surgical or medical termination factsheet

Surgical Termination

Timing

  • Performed between 6-20 weeks of pregnancy
  • Requires a more complex, longer procedure after 14 weeks of pregnancy

Process

  • Procedure performed in our operating room
  • Performed under intravenous sedation (twilight)
  • Pregnancy tissue is gently suctioned from the uterus using small, plastic tube
  • Procedure generally takes 10-15 minutes but you will be in our clinic for a total of approximately 3 hours (including recovery time)
  • You will need to take a dose of antibiotics at home (Clinic 66 will provide the prescription)
  • May only require one clinic visit

Supports and Recovery

  • It is ideal to have a support person to accompany you to the clinic and take you home after the procedure
  • You are unable to drive 24 hours after sedation
  • Afterwards, you will remain in our recovery room with ongoing nursing care until you have fully recovered and are able to go home

Side Effects

  • May feel tired/vague for the rest of the day due to the sedation used
  • May experience bleeding and mild cramping, lasting less than 2 weeks (similar to a period)

Cost

  • For patients with a medicare card: Upfront cost = $750
    • Medicare Rebate* = $400
    • Out of Pocket Cost = $350
  • * if you do not have a medicare card, you will not receive the medicare rebate

Complications

  • Complications are rare but include bleeding, infection and need for further surgery
  • Our nurses and doctors can provide you with more information about risks and complications

Medical Termination

Timing

  • Ideally performed between 5-7 weeks of pregnancy
  • Can be performed up to 9 weeks of pregnancy

Process

  • Two sets of medications which together, cause effects similar to a miscarriage
  • First set of medications (Mifepristone) taken at the clinic and second set of medications (Misoprostol) taken at home 24-48 hours later
  • Leads to bleeding and cramping (ranging from mild to severe) which can last up to 3 weeks
  • Follow up visit is required 3 weeks later with repeat ultrasound assessment to ensure the termination is complete

Support and Recovery

  • It is highly recommended that you have someone to support you at home for at least the first 24 hours after taking the second set of medications
  • Clinic 66 doctors can provide you with medications to assist with pain and cramping

Side Effects

  • Bleeding and cramping (as described above)
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fever and chills

Cost

  • For patients with a medicare card:
    • Upfront cost = $435
    • Medicare Rebate = $147
    • Out of Pocket Cost = $288
  • * if you do not have a medicare card, please contact Clinic 66 for further information about cost

Complications

  • Complications are rare but there is a chance that the medical procedure will be unsuccessful (2-5%) requiring a surgical procedure
  • Our nurses and doctors can provide you with more information about risks and complications


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31 Bertram St, Chatswood NSW 2067, Australia
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