Miscarriage: Vacuum Aspiration

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Miscarriage: Vacuum Aspiration

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Vacuum aspiration, also called suction aspiration or dilation and aspiration, can be used to empty the uterus after an incomplete early miscarriage. This procedure involves the use of a hollow tube called a cannula that is attached by tubing to a bottle and a pump, which provides a gentle vacuum. The cannula is passed through the vagina into the uterus, the pump is turned on, and the tissue is gently removed from the uterus.

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Primary Medical Reviewer Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Last Revised June 7, 2011

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