Dr Vidushi Mehta

RPOC removal


Retained Products of Conception (RPOC) removal is a procedure used to remove tissue fragments or products of conception that remain in the uterus following a miscarriage, abortion, or childbirth. When tissue from a pregnancy is not completely expelled from the uterus, it can lead to symptoms such as prolonged bleeding, pelvic pain, or infection. RPOC removal is typically recommended to prevent complications and promote healing. At our clinic in Indore, we offer safe and effective RPOC removal procedures to address this common gynecological issue and improve patients’ health and well-being.

Causes of RPOC

RPOC can occur due tao various factors, including:

  • Incomplete Miscarriage: After a miscarriage, some tissue from the pregnancy may remain in the uterus, leading to RPOC.
  • Incomplete Abortion: Following a surgical or medical abortion, remnants of the pregnancy tissue may be retained in the uterus, requiring removal.
  • Incomplete Delivery: In some cases, not all of the placental tissue or membranes are expelled from the uterus after childbirth, resulting in RPOC.

How RPOC Removal Works

RPOC removal is typically performed using minimally invasive techniques, such as suction curettage or hysteroscopy, which allow for visualization and removal of the retained tissue without the need for open surgery. The procedure involves

  1. Evaluation: The healthcare provider performs a pelvic examination and may order imaging tests, such as ultrasound, to confirm the presence of RPOC and determine the best approach for removal.
  2. Procedure: Depending on the size and location of the retained tissue, RPOC removal may be performed using one of the following techniques:

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  • Suction Curettage: A thin tube (curette) attached to a suction device is inserted into the uterus through the cervix to remove the retained tissue.
  • Hysteroscopy: A hysteroscope, a thin, lighted instrument with a camera, is inserted into the uterus through the cervix to visualize the retained tissue and guide its removal using specialized instruments.
  1. Confirmation: Once the RPOC has been removed, the healthcare provider may perform an ultrasound or hysteroscopy to confirm that the uterus is empty and the procedure was successful.

Benefits of RPOC Removal

RPOC removal offers several benefits for women experiencing symptoms or complications related to retained pregnancy tissue, including:

  • Resolution of Symptoms: Removal of RPOC can alleviate symptoms such as prolonged bleeding, pelvic pain, or infection, improving patients’ comfort and quality of life.
  • Prevention of Complications: Addressing RPOC promptly reduces the risk of complications such as uterine infection, hemorrhage, or scarring, which can occur if the retained tissue is left untreated.
  • Promotion of Healing: RPOC removal promotes healing and restoration of normal uterine function, allowing women to resume their normal activities and reproductive health.

Our Approach

At our clinic, we understand the physical and emotional impact that RPOC can have on women’s health and well-being. Our team of experienced gynecologists and healthcare providers is dedicated to providing compassionate care and personalized treatment options to meet the individual needs and preferences of each patient. Whether you require RPOC removal following a miscarriage, abortion, or childbirth, we are committed to delivering safe, effective, and comprehensive care to help you achieve optimal health and well-being.

Frequently asked questions

RPOC removal is typically well-tolerated and minimally painful, as it is often performed under anesthesia or conscious sedation. Most women experience mild cramping or discomfort during the procedure, which can be managed with pain medications.

Recovery times vary depending on factors such as the type of procedure performed, the size and location of the retained tissue, and individual patient factors. In general, most women can expect to resume their normal activities within a few days to a week following RPOC removal.

While RPOC can increase the risk of complications such as uterine infection or scarring, prompt removal of the retained tissue minimizes the risk of adverse effects on future pregnancies. It is important to discuss any concerns or questions about future fertility with your healthcare provider.

While RPOC removal is generally safe and effective, it carries some risks, such as bleeding, infection, uterine perforation, or recurrence of retained tissue. These risks are rare and can be minimized by seeking care from a qualified healthcare provider.