Washington Surgi-Clinic
The Washington Surgi-Clinic provides a wide-range of complete gynecological and pregnancy termination services. We can also be reached at (877) 659-9403 or at (202) 659-9403.
202.659.9403

What to Know About General Anesthesia

There are different types of anesthesia, only one of which renders a patient completely unconscious. General anesthesia allows patients to have surgical procedures without feeling pain or being aware of anything. If you’re planning to have a first or second-trimester abortion, general anesthesia may be one of your options. The gynecologist will explain your choices and make sure that general anesthesia is safe for you.

Discuss general anesthesia with your gynecologist.

Your doctor will help you determine if general anesthesia is right for you. You’ll discuss your health history, including whether you have any allergies and whether you smoke. Disclose all of the medications and supplements you’re taking, as some medicines may increase the risk of anesthesia-related complications. If you’ve previously had general anesthesia with no complications, it’s likely that you’ll be able to have it again.

Follow the pre-procedure directions carefully.

Your gynecologist will give you detailed instructions to follow leading up to your pregnancy termination. For your own safety, it’s crucial to follow these directions and to let the doctor know if you had any problems with adherence. Your doctor will let you know when you need to stop eating and drinking before the procedure. If you have to take medications, you may be told to do so with a small sip of water. For 1 to 2 weeks before the surgery, your doctor may instruct you to discontinue certain medicines, such as blood thinners.

Make arrangements for your recovery.

All patients who have general anesthesia are unable to drive or operate heavy machinery for the rest of the day. You’ll need to have a responsible adult take you home and stay with you for about 24 hours. After general anesthesia, it’s normal to feel groggy, disoriented, and slightly confused. These side effects won’t last long, but don’t hesitate to call your doctor if you think you might be experiencing complications.

Patients at Washington Surgi-Clinic can choose from local anesthesia, conscious sedation, and general anesthesia when having a surgical abortion in Washington, D.C. We are committed to patient safety, and always have a certified nurse anesthetist present during every minute of the procedure. Call (202) 659-9403 to request a confidential pregnancy termination consultation.

The Newly Diagnosed Patient's Guide to HIV

A diagnosis of a life-threatening disease is never easy to cope with. If your gynecologist has recently informed you that your HIV test was positive, you may experience strong emotions that mimic the grieving process. It’s important to arm yourself with accurate information, sound medical guidance, and strong social support during this time. Remember that being HIV positive is not the same as having AIDS. With the right medical care, you can still live life on your own terms.

Find a qualified specialist.

After a positive test result, the first step is to find a doctor to coordinate your care. Your gynecologist may offer some recommendations or you can check with your health insurance carrier. Local HIV/AIDS support organizations can also be helpful for finding physician referrals. Choose a doctor who is board certified in internal medicine and has an infectious disease subspecialty. Some doctors specialize in treating HIV patients.

Get an HIV baseline evaluation.

An HIV baseline evaluation is an exhaustive medical assessment. The HIV specialist will use information secured through a baseline evaluation to assess the progression of the infection and develop a treatment plan. The evaluation includes a physical exam, medical history review, and multiple lab tests.

Begin your HIV treatment.

Early treatment is crucial for HIV patients, but your HIV specialist will take the time to ensure you are able to comply with the treatment requirements first. Once you start taking the medications, you’ll have to be committed to taking them every day for the rest of your life. If you anticipate any problems, such as inadequate health insurance, you should discuss your concerns with the doctor as soon as possible.

At Washington Surgi-Clinic, we understand that women often come to us for gynecology services during very difficult times in their lives. If you need an HIV test in the Washington, D.C. area, you’ll find our clinic to be a warm, welcoming, and supportive place that maintains strict standards of patient confidentiality. Call us today at (202) 659-9403.

Your Anesthesia Options for Surgical Pregnancy Termination

If your gynecologist recommends surgical pregnancy termination, you have multiple anesthesia options to consider. Your doctor can help you choose the right kind for you based on multiple factors, including your overall health and your preferences.

For surgical abortions, local anesthesia, twilight sedation, and general anesthesia are all possible. With local anesthesia, you remain awake for the procedure. Twilight anesthesia is also known as conscious sedation. Patients are not fully asleep but are deeply relaxed during the procedure. With general anesthesia, patients are fully unconscious. At Washington Surgi-Clinic, we use the smallest possible dose of general anesthesia, and patients are carefully monitored throughout the process until they are fully awake after the procedure.

At Washington Surgi-Clinic, we understand that you likely have many questions when you decide to move forward with pregnancy termination, and our compassionate team is here to help you throughout the process. Find out more about all of our women’s health services or make an appointment with a gynecologist in Washington, D.C. by calling (202) 659-9403.

What Moms Should Know About Birth Control After Giving Birth

After having a baby, your birth control needs could change compared to before your pregnancy. Discuss the birth control methods that could work for you with your gynecologist, so you can prevent an unwanted pregnancy.

Watch this video to learn more about your birth control options after giving birth. If you are breastfeeding, your gynecologist may recommend progesterone-only options if you choose to use a hormonal method, like a birth control pill or shot. If you used a diaphragm before pregnancy, it will need to be refitted by your gynecologist after birth.

Washington Surgi-Clinic is committed to helping every woman make the right decisions about their sexual health with comprehensive gynecology services, including pregnancy termination. To schedule an appointment with a gynecologist in Washington, D.C., please call (202) 659-9403.

How Men Can Support Their Partners Before and After a Pregnancy Termination

When men choose to be active supporters of their partners before and after a pregnancy termination, there are many things they can do to be helpful. One of the best things men can do is be proactive about asking their partners about the kind of support they need and then following through on providing it. These tips can also help you be supportive before and after an abortion.

Provide Practical Support

There are many logistical things that can become issues before and after a pregnancy termination, so find out from your partner how you can help. Discuss the costs of the termination and how you can help share some of the financial burden. Make plans for dealing with things like household responsibilities as your partner recovers. Your partner will also need a ride to and from the clinic, perhaps on more than one occasion, so make plans to adjust your work schedule accordingly so you can be there. There may be concerns your partner has about juggling responsibilities as she goes through the abortion process that may not be obvious to you, so ask her what kind of help she needs.

Provide Emotional Support

No matter how confident you feel about your decision to terminate a pregnancy, it is natural to experience some emotional upheaval after the event. Some people feel guilty that they feel relieved, and others may feel sadness, even if they believe they made the right choice. Ask your partner to discuss her feelings openly. Often, simply listening and letting your partner know you’re always there to provide support is enough.

Care for Yourself

Men also experience a range of emotions after a pregnancy termination, so remember to look after your own needs as well. If you don’t, you won’t be able to be as supportive as you want for your partner. Sometimes, it can be helpful to have someone other than your partner to discuss your feelings with, especially if your partner is very emotional about the decision.

If you are facing an unwanted pregnancy, Washington Surgi-Clinic is here to help. Contact us today at (202) 659-9403 to find out more about pregnancy termination in Washington, D.C. and to schedule a consultation.

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  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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  • Friday: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon

The office is closed on Sundays and on major federal holidays.