Our aim is to make your procedure as comfortable as possible. To help us achieve this goal, a variety of options are available, including local anesthesia, minimal sedation, moderate sedation, deep sedation, and general anesthesia.
The last two methods are intended to relieve pain and anxiety by inducing a state of deep "sleep" during which time the patient will not be responsive to the environment and may need assistance with breathing. We recommend that this type of anesthesia be administered in the hospital setting by either an anesthesiologist or a certified nurse anesthetist. For safety reasons, All Women's Clinic has chosen not to offer deep sedation or general anesthesia. Most abortions can be comfortably and safely performed without deep sedation or general anesthesia.
Our qualified staff will monitor your vital signs and your level of consciousness until it is safe to discharge you. Our staff is trained in all the methods of anesthesia that we list below and also in emergency procedures.
1. Local anesthesia consists of an injection of lidocaine administered into the cervix (opening of the uterus) immediately prior to the abortion. This method may be used alone, or preferably, in conjunction with oral and intravenous sedation.
2. Minimal sedation (oral pre-medication). In addition to the local anesthesia, we use a combination of three oral medications (Valium 10 mg, Ibuprofen 800 mg and Phenergan 25 mg) which the patient takes at least 15 minutes prior to the abortion. These medications are intended to increase relaxation and decrease anxiety and discomfort.
3. Moderate sedation, which consist of intravenous (IV) medications administered immediately prior to the abortion. We usually use them in combination with oral pre-medications and local anesthesia. The intravenous medications work quickly and decrease the patient's discomfort and awareness during the termination procedure, and her recollection of the procedure itself.
We use the highest dose of combined IV Fentanyl (100mcg) and IV Versed (4mg) which safely increases the benefits of the moderate sedation, by maximizing the patient's comfort while maintaining unchanged the risks and side effects.
Intravenous sedation requires that you fast (have nothing to eat or drink) for 6 hours before the appointment. You must also have a designated driver to take you back home.
The intravenous medications are short acting and most of its effects disappear within two hours but some impairment of mental capacity may last until the next day. For this reason, patient must not drive, operate machinery or make important decisions for 24 hrs.
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If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact All Women's Clinic at the following numbers:
Toll Free: (800) 867-1693
Local calls: (954) 772-HELP (4357) or (954) 772-0933
You also may text your questions to: (954) 805-5821
Our address is 2100 E Commercial Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33308-3822
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