Hysterotomy and Hysterectomy

Hysterotomy and Hysterectomy 

Hysterotomy refers to a caesarean delivery as an abortion method.  The woman’s abdomen and uterus are opened surgically.  The fetus is lifted out, the placenta is delivered and the umbilical cord is clamped.  If no chemical has been injected to kill the fetus prior to this point, the fetus is often still alive.  Hysterotomy is sometimes used in situations where there is a uterine abnormality, which would make the more common abortion methods difficult or impossible. Hysterectomy is the removal of the uterus.  When used as abortion methods, these procedures have a higher risk of major complications and death than any other method. 

There were no reports of either method being used for abortion in 2004 in Canada.

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All information provided regarding medical and surgical abortions in Canada has provided by:
Abortionincanada.ca, (2014). Methods | Abortion in Canada. [online] Available at:  http://abortionincanada.ca/methods/

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