Surgical Termination

First things first

Surgical termination is the most common procedure for termination of pregnancy worldwide.

It is an extremely safe and reliable operation and will be performed by a specialist medical team following both a counselling session and a meeting with the performing doctor to personalise the procedure to your individual medical needs.

The surgical method allows safe termination of first and second-trimester pregnancies ranging from 3 to 20 weeks.

Your experience at the clinic is designed to make things as smooth and comfortable as possible. The service is completely confidential and does not require a referral from another doctor.

What happens on the day?

First and foremost, we will be looking after you – making sure you are comfortable and happy with the environment and procedures every step of the way.

Your entire stay with us is generally no longer than 3 hours. When you arrive at the clinic we will give you some forms to read and complete, after which we will introduce you to your personal counsellor.

This session will be held in a private room, and your counsellor will talk with you about your circumstances and decision. They can help resolve any emotional issues you may be experiencing and will explain in full the operative procedures. You may ask any questions that you have until they are answered to your satisfaction. At no point are you obligated to complete the procedure, you have as much time as you need to feel comfortable and make an informed decision.

You will then meet with the doctor performing the procedure for a consultation as well as a second doctor who will be providing the anaesthesia. You will have an ultrasound to confirm the duration of the pregnancy and will be provided with the choice of being awake (local anaesthesia) or under twilight sedation. This form of sedation is very safe and effective, allowing you to be relieved of pain and memory for the duration of the procedure. The depth of sedation can be adjusted by the doctor providing the anaesthesia based on your clinical needs or personal preferences (you can be fully asleep, or simply under light sedation). You may also use this opportunity to ask any other questions you have.

The technique we use is globally considered to be the safest, most effective method, called suction curettage. This is an extremely quick procedure lasting only 5-10 minutes, which involves gentle removal of pregnancy tissue through light suction. After the procedure, you will be able to rest in the recovery room and have some light refreshments. Your stay in the recovery will be approximately one hour.

Terminations over 16 weeks will be performed in two sessions to allow the procedure to be performed in the safest, most comfortable way. The first session is a short preparation session, and the second involves the actual procedure.

For more information on this, and any other questions related to the procedure see our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have a question? Visit our FAQ’s page.

How to prepare

Things to avoid:

  • Do not eat or drink anything (including chewing gum or candy) for 4 hours before your appointment.

  • Please arrange transport. You will not be able to drive yourself home after anaesthesia

  • We do not have facilities to accommodate children, please make arrangements for their care for the time you are with us.

Things to bring with you:

  • Current Medicare Card plus your method of payment (cash, Eftpos, Visa, Mastercard).

  • Health Care Card, Pension Card, if applicable.

  • Any medical documentation if available (doctor referral letter, blood group report, ultrasounds, etc.)

  • List of current medications if any.

  • A few adhesive sanitary pads – not panty liners.

  • Socks and spare underwear.

  • A supportive adult to accompany you home is preferable but not necessary.

Request an appointment

  • I give consent to the Macquarie Street Clinic to call me to discuss making an appointment. I understand this is not an appointment booking and that I will not have an appointment until I have spoken to a staff member from the Macquarie Street Clinic.