Patient Comments: Dilation and Cutterage - Complications


Did you experience any complications from a D and C procedure? Please explain your experience. Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Curious cat, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 04

I had a D and C for abnormal bleeding. I woke up very sore in my calves and inner things/groin area. The moment I got out of the car and tried to walk up stairs is when the pain hit me the hardest. I’ve been taking ibuprofen for pain, but it doesn’t really help with the leg pain. I woke up around 2:15 am and added to the leg pain is abdominal soreness, and my arms and neck hurt. I can’t sleep because I’m so uncomfortable. Truly feels like I ran a marathon.

Comment from: Becca , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 28

I had a D and C (under full anesthesia) yesterday for prolonged heavy abnormal bleeding. When I woke up I had a cough and my throat hurt. Today same thing when I woke up, but then a few hours later, my arms, neck, legs and back are in excruciating pain like I got hit by a truck. When I lie down I can hardly get up, and the leg pain in my calves makes it difficult to walk. It is hard to lift my head off the pillow because my neck hurts so bad. I don’t know what this is about, but I'm worried.

Comment from: ShaTra, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 09

I had an outpatient D and C. The day and night of surgery were pretty pain free. It is 48 hours later and every muscle in my body is sore; chest, back, arms and legs, both top and bottom. My neck is sore. My throat is raw and sore. No stomach or urinary issues (except stomach muscles are sore), but my whole body feels like it was contorted in some way, and my muscles feel stretched and painful. Wonder if anyone else feel this way.

Comment from: Campbell, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 26

I'm 50 years old and had my D and C yesterday. I'm not having any more cramping but my entire body is so sore. It hurts to swallow and I can hardly get around. My body aches and soreness is mostly in my upper back hips and legs. I wonder if anyone else has had this. I'm a heavy girl and trying to get cleared for weight loss surgery. I am not sure this is normal.

Comment from: Danielle, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 21

I'm having chest pain and soreness of my throat after my D and C. I am not sure that is normal. Make sure you're getting enough iodine in your diet and eating enough calories for your weight. Dieting can trigger hypothyroid, as well as lack of iodine. Some commercial multivitamin supplements don't contain iodine, or not enough iodine. Check the label on the pill bottle.

Comment from: Baby love, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I had a D and C on 6th September. I was happy that my problem was solved because I have had no heavy bleeding since, but 2 days later I had my period. I was thinking it was my normal period and waiting to ovulate, but surprisingly I had the period for 1 month. I went to see the doctor to know the outcome of the result but instead he advised me to go to the hospital for an implant so I don't get pregnant again, so the bleeding will stop forever. I have had this problem for more than 2 years now.

Comment from: Carebear4178, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 12

I have had severe pain when urinating since I returned from my D and C. No other issues so to speak of (it’s still the first day post-surgery). I am seriously afraid to urinate because it is about 10 times more painful than a urinary tract infection.

Comment from: Chamonix0522, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 26

I had one D and C at age 45 because of extremely heavy bleeding and blood clots. It worked with really no side effects. I had a second D and C at 52 because my uterus is really thick (11 cm) and the doctor wanted to check for cancer. I do not have cancer but have had weird side effects for over 2 weeks. For 3 days a week after my procedure I had severe depression with breast soreness. When that subsided I started bleeding more than I had before this second surgery. Not sure what to do.

Comment from: Cindeeyyc, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 05

I am post-menopausal and have some bleeding. I had an ultrasound and my endometrial lining was 8 mm. I had a D and C on October 30, 2018. I was not put to sleep, was given a drug to make me sleepy. The D and C went well. I have some cramping, slight bleeding and am a little tender. Now I just have to wait for the results.

Comment from: Lynn, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 18

No I had no bad experience from my D and C procedure but I am wondering if it is possible to stop bleeding 6 days of a D and C and then have a normal period a week later.


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Comment from: Pinky, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 30

I had a curette (D and C) done 3 weeks ago. I am still bleeding and wake up every night with bad period pains. I can't sleep and feel really drained. The doctor says this is normal and to just take some Nurofen. Even though the bleeding is light during the day I seem to suffer in the night. I am feeling really awful.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 09

I had a D and C 30 days ago. I was told by my doctor that my uterus wall was too thick and that I should not be having a period at 51 years old. Also a possible polyp. I didn't feel as though I needed this D and C done, but I trust my doctor and had it done. I regret this, because now I can't stop bleeding. It's been a whole month now. It started off light, but now it's getting heavy. Hopefully there is a solution for me. I'm worse off now than before. Also, they didn't find a polyp after all.

Comment from: jojo, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 27

I just had a D and C procedure done and it was a breeze. They put me to sleep and when I got up I felt nothing and was out of the hospital in a few hours.

Comment from: JWANTSTONO, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 04

I had dilation and curettage (D and C), hysteroscopy, cystoscopy with hydrodistention, and pelvic exam. Surgeon removed a huge polyp from the uterine wall. I came home and took a long nap for several hours. I woke up and had a bowel movement that filled the toilet with blood, which continued through the night, and most of the day I was passing scaly fibrous dark blood, and late in the evening with some mucous. It began with a stool with a lot of pressure and gas. I was not bleeding from my vagina, just a spotting. I never had anything like it before. The surgeon, and emergency room doctors have no idea. I also have a Gynecare TVT EXACT Continence System that was implanted December 2011, a pelvic mesh sling. For several days I continued with pressure and gas pains. My bowels have been fine ever since. The procedure was done last Wednesday, October 29, 2014.

Comment from: Patty, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I had a laparoscopy and D and C surgery, because I had a cyst on my ovary. After that I started feeling some burn in my vagina and I had a yeast infection. I never had this before, never! So the doctor told me that I have to take some probiotic pills and gave me a pill for the yeast infection. After 6 month of this surgery I am still having yeast infection every month. I don't know what the doctor did inside my uterus or vagina.

Comment from: Cpinner, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 17

I recently had a D and C after a blighted ovum diagnosis at 13 weeks. Post operation at the hospital went okay and I didn't have much bleeding. I went home less than an hour after my procedure. Once home however, I began to bleed and pass big clots. Like the size of my hand. It went on for a couple of days. Two days after the surgery I woke up at 4:30 am to extreme cramps. I could barely make it to the bathroom before I passed the largest clot. I ended up in so much pain from then on. I was actually having full contractions. I could barely walk to the bedroom to wake my husband up. We decided to go to the emergency room (ER). There they determined that there was still tissue in my uterus in addition to tissue being stuck in my cervix. It was so painful. The doctor said that I was down quite a bit of blood, but just barely out of the transfusion range (thank goodness!) The doctor who originally did my procedure came in to see me. In lieu of a 2nd D and C they started me on Pitocin, a dose of medications to prevent me from hemorrhaging and some morphine via IV. They prepared me for the worst and told me that I would begin to pass the rest of the tissue. After passing two large, meaty clots (I know it's gross, but it's the best way to describe it) I seemed to be okay. They released me with a prescription for a drug that would cause my uterus to expand and contract so that it would release the rest of the tissue. I bled for about a week before it stopped. It still hurts to walk around and I live with a heating pad on my stomach.

Comment from: female1, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 05

I just had a D and C done, I had a miscarriage at 15 weeks. I went into doctor’s offices and they did ultrasound and could not find a heartbeat. I am very heartbroken and my body was acting like I was still pregnant and my body wasn't expelling it naturally. So I was told I had to have it done since I was this far along. Other than having a sore throat I feel fine.

Comment from: Nikki, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 24

At first I couldn't urinate after my D and C procedure, it took me 5 hours. Now we are 10 hours post procedure and I have to go every 20 minutes.


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