Suction curettage; Surgical abortion; Elective abortion – surgical; Therapeutic abortion – surgical
Definition of Abortion – surgical
A surgical abortion is a procedure that ends a pregnancy by removing the fetus and placenta from the mother’s womb (uterus).
Linda Vorvick, MD, Family Physician, Seattle Site Coordinator, Lecturer, Pathophysiology, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington School of Medicine; and Susan Storck, MD, FACOG, Chief, Eastside Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, Redmond, Washington; Clinical Teaching Faculty, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 2/19/2009