Dilation and curettage (D&C) is sometimes necessary to remove tissue after a miscarriage; it may be recommended if you are having heavy bleeding, significant pain, or showing signs of infection. It may also be recommended if other management has failed.
The procedure is usually done under general anesthesia in an operating room, and takes only 5-10 minutes once you are asleep.
The risk of serious complications is low. It is normal to have some bleeding or cramping for a few days after the procedure; typically over the counter medications will help. Most patients return to normal activity within a few days, but your doctors will give you specific instructions on how to care for yourself after the procedure.
If a D&C has been recommended for you, your healthcare provider can answer any other questions you may have about the procedure.