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Dilatation and Curettage (D&C) is an operation where the cervix (entrance to the uterus) is dilated and a hysteroscope (small lighted mini telescope) is inserted into the uterus through the vagina and cervix so the specialist can see the inside of the uterus. A small spoon-like instrument with a long handle, called a curette, is inserted and the lining of the uterus is scraped off and sent to the laboratory for examination.

This procedure can be done under a general (you are asleep) or local (you are awake but the area being investigated is numb) anaesthetic.