Surgical Abortion

Surgical Abortion

There are different types of surgical abortions. If you would like more information about surgical abortion procedures, schedule an appointment at our center to speak with one of our nurses.

Aspiration (Suction)

This surgical procedure is used throughout the first trimester of pregnancy. Most first trimester surgical abortions are performed using this method. Local anesthesia is typically offered to reduce pain, however, sedation may also be available.


  • Serious physical complications are infrequent
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Incomplete abortion
  • Allergic reaction to medication
  • Organ damage

Dilation & Evacuation (D&E)

Most second trimester abortions are performed using this method. Local anesthesia, oral or intravenous pain medications, and sedation are commonly used. General anesthesia may be used, if available.


  • Incomplete abortion with retained tissue
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Reactions to anesthesia
  • Infection
  • Organ damage
  • Risk of complication and death increases with duration of pregnancy


Care Net. Before You Decide. 2016

(All medical information provided on this page is taken from the Before You Decide magazine, a publication of Care Net.



This information is intended for general education purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional and/or medical advice.


Our center does not offer abortion services or abortion referrals. 


First Choice
Women's Medical Center

380 Mendel Pkwy E

Montgomery, AL 36117

Phone: (334) 260-8010

Fax: (334) 244-4475


Monday: 8:30AM–5PM

Tuesday: 8:30AM–5PM

Wednesday: 8:30AM–5PM

Thursday: 9AM–5PM

Friday: 8:30AM–12PM

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed

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Make an Appointment

If you think you might be pregnant, come to our center for a free and confidential pregnancy test appointment. We can help provide information, education, and referrals based on your situation. We want you to have everything you need to make informed decisions.