Medical Abortion vs Surgical Abortion

IMPORTANT NOTE: This comparison is for 'in-clinic' medical abortion (NOT Tele-Abortion) which is similar to the medical abortion process, but quite different in many respects. It is important to note that in the case of Tele-Abortion, you will be responsible for having the tests done locally, and unlike in-clinic surgical or medical abortion, there is LIMITED MEDICARE REBATE available for Tele-Abortion.

 

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Surgical Abortion

  • Performed between 6-17 weeks of pregnancy
     

  • Requires a more complex, longer procedure after 14 weeks of pregnancy

Timing

Process

  • Procedure performed in our operating room
     

  • Performed under intravenous sedation (twilight)
     

  • Pregnancy tissue is gently removed from the uterus
     

  • 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 & 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:​ we will bill Medicare on your behalf for part payment. 

    • Out of Pocket Cost = $470

       

  • Surgical termination of pregnancy beyond 12 weeks have higher fees. Please call 0294113411 to discuss fees for midtrimester abortion

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 Abortion

  • Ideally performed between 5-7 weeks of pregnancy
     

  • Can be performed up to 9 weeks of pregnancy

Timing

Process

  • Two sets of medications which together, cause effects similar to a miscarriage
     

  • First set of medications (Mifepristone) taken at the clinic or at home, and second set of medications (Misoprostol) taken at home 24-48 hours later
     

  • Leads to cramping (ranging from mild to severe) and bleeding which can last up to 3 weeks
     

  • Follow up visit is required 3 weeks later, and possible repeat ultrasound assessment to ensure the termination is complete

  • 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
     

  • We will follow you up to ensure that the process is complete and to ensure your health, wellbeing, and satisfaction with the outcome. 

Supports & Recovery

Side Effects

  • Cramping (ranging from mild to severe) and bleeding which can last up to 3 weeks

  • Nausea and vomiting, fever and chills are common druing the second step of the medical termination process

Cost

  • For patients on a weekday, with a medicare card:
     

    • Upfront cost = $465 
       

  • If you have a valid medicare card rebates are available, if you do not have a medicare card, please contact Clinic 66 for further information and an accurate quote. 

Complications

  • Complications are rare but there is a chance that the medical procedure will be incomplete or unsuccessful, and will need a surgical procedure to complete the termination
     

  • Our nurses and doctors can provide you with more information about risks and complications