ACCON has been providing elective abortion services to the women of the Midwest
since 1992. From the appointment process through the follow-up care, we stress the
privacy, individuality, and respect each patient deserves. Among the "little
things" that set us apart from other providers:
- ACCON believes that abortion is a very private experience that each woman needs to be allowed to enter in her own personal way. Each woman is given an individual appointment, and all sessions are offered in an individual rather than a group setting. Many clinics schedule from ten to thirty patients as a group, often requiring them to arrive in the early morning hours.
- Friends, partners and parents are encouraged to accompany the patient throughout her abortion experience, including surgery, as long as both the patient and guest are comfortable.
- Day, evening and weekend, including Sunday, appointments are available to make your visit as convenient as possible.
- Ultrasound is used, not only pre-operatively, to reduce the possibility of unexpected findings; but during surgery as well, to reduce the chances of inter-operative and post operative complications.
All inclusive fees. Our prices include; education (a one-on-one session with a medical assistant, nurse or physician to explain the procedure, the operative risks and the actual abortion procedure to be used for your gestation), surgery, both pre-operative and inter-operative ultrasound, all laboratory tests, all medications needed,
with the exception of anti RH-immunoglobin for RH- women.
All take home medications, routine follow-up care, and all emergency care that may be provided at our clinic
are also included.
- Every patient is given the opportunity to choose a method of contraception while at our clinic. Initial oral contraceptives are provided free of charge. Should a patient desire to begin depo-provera,
a substantial discount off the first injection is provided. A
selection of condoms is also offered to each patient.
- Pap smears, vaginal and cervical cultures can be provided at the time of the abortion for the small additional cost of the lab fees.
- This clinic also contains a Nebraska licensed pharmacy to dispense any needed drugs confidentially and economically.
MEDICAL ABORTION can be performed from the
earliest a pregnancy can be confirmed through the end of the eighth week of pregnancy or
until the end of the sixth week after conception. This consists of medications,
either tablets or an injection administered at the clinic and medication to be placed in
the vagina at home. ACCON was the first clinic, and remains the
only clinic in the mid-west to offer medical abortions. With over three years
experience, over 98% of the women that have had a medical abortion with us state that they
would prefer a medical abortion to surgical abortion, if they needed a another
termination. Three types of medical abortions are available at ACCON:
- Mifipristone(RU-486, the "French Abortion Pill")/misoprostol.
SURGICAL ABORTION can be performed from the time a gestational sac can
first be identified (one week before the first missed period or one week after conception)
through the latest stages of pregnancy. At ACCON,
we perform elective surgical abortions form the time a pregnancy can be
confirmed to the point that the fetus becomes viable. Surgical abortions
are performed using one of the following
- Suction D&C - Dilation and suction-curettage is a procedure that is virtually no different than the D&C performed as elective surgery for many women with reproductive problems. The suction D&C can be used from the second week of pregnancy through the thirteenth week.
- D&E - The dilatation and evacuation procedure is usually performed after the thirteenth week of gestation.
- D&E plus induction of labor. As a pregnancy approaches the later stages of the second trimester, a combined D&E plus the induction of labor is often used.
At ACCON, two choices of anesthesia are available.
- LOCAL ANESTHESIA. Several injections of a local anesthetic are placed about the cervix. This relieves most of the cramping and pain of the dilation of the cervix. It does not offer much relief of the discomfort caused by the contraction of the uterus that occurs as the pregnancy tissues are removed. It is important to note that these contractions or "cramps" generally ease within ten to fifteen minutes.
LOCAL ANESTHESIA plus INTRAVENOUS CONSCIOUS SEDATION (Twilight sleep). In
addition to the local anesthesia mentioned above, intravenous injections of
medications are given. Although this medication is relatively short
acting, it effectively relieves the operative and post-operative pain and
discomfort, and for many women, the memory of the entire procedure.