Contraceptive Implant – Insertion/Removal (“The ROD”)
Implanon is a type of contraceptive implant that is inserted under the skin of the upper arm. It provides long-term contraception by releasing a steady dose of progestin hormone, which prevents ovulation and thickens cervical mucus, making it difficult for sperm to reach an egg. Implanon insertion and removal procedures are typically performed by healthcare providers and involve the following steps:
- Preparation: The healthcare provider will discuss the benefits and risks of Implanon and review the patient’s medical history.
- Placement: The area of the upper arm is cleaned and numbed with a local anesthetic.
- Insertion: The implant is inserted just under the skin using a special applicator.
- Bandage: A small adhesive bandage may be placed over the insertion site.
- Preparation: The healthcare provider will review the patient’s medical history and discuss the reasons for removal.
- Localization: The implant is located beneath the skin.
- Incision: A small incision is made over the insertion site.
- Extraction: The implant is gently removed using forceps or a special removal tool.
- Closure: The incision site may be closed with adhesive strips or sutures.
- Post-removal instructions: The patient receives instructions on aftercare and what to expect during healing.
Patients will usually require an initial consultation with the doctor to determine suitability and assess any potential risks – The procedure can sometimes be done on the same day where appropriate.
Please note that as this is a procedure, there is a unique fee schedule for this service. Please contact the clinic directly for fee information.