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How does the implant removal work?
Prepare for your appointment
We recommend abstaining from sexual contact for 7 days prior to your implant removal, if you are not looking to conceive. Otherwise, there is no need for additional precautions or abstinence.
Assess the implant & discuss any questions you have
We will begin by undertaking a consultation to review your medical, sexual & contraceptive history. We will be able to discuss any concerns you may have and your future contraceptive needs.
This is all in order to make sure that the implant is safe to be removed.
We will then make sure that we can feel the implant in your arm before we remove it.
In the event that the implant cannot be felt, we will refer you for an ultrasound guided removal (charged seperately).
Proceed to remove the contraceptive implant
If your contraceptive implant can be felt, we will administer a local injectable anaesthetic that will numb the skin around the implant. This should make the procedure as painless as possible.
Your clinician will then make a tiny cut in your skin and gently pull the implant out. They will then bandage your arm and explain anything you may need to do to look after the site of the procedure.
If you are looking to have a new implant fitted in, please mention at the time of your booking.
(optional) Offer you a new method of contraception
If it is safe to do so, we can offer you a new method of contraception in the same appointment. Of course, we will discuss this in the consultation and you are able to come back at a later date should you wish.
Are there any side effects?
In most cases, an implant removal is a straightforward procedure and you continue life as normal.
However, sometimes a bit of bruising may be noticeable after the procedure. This is especially so, if you are prone to bruising.
You may feel a little bit of soreness for a day or so after the procedure.
Other complications, like infections and scarring are extremely rare.
Frequently asked questions
When can I have my contraceptive implant removed?
A contraceptive implant can be removed at any time for multiple reasons. They may include, but are not limited to:
- Your implant has expired
- You’re experiencing side effects
- You want to try another method of contraception
- You are looking to conceive
It is important to know that you can get pregnant from the moment your implant is removed.
How much does an implant removal cost?
If we can feel the implant, then we charge £150 for a routine implant removal (the price shown is inclusive of the consultation fee).
How long does the procedure take?
A routine implant removal takes approximately 15-20 minutes (including the time for your consultation).
Appointments are approx. 30 minutes long for those who may want to begin another method of contraception in the same appointment.
Does the implant removal hurt?
After application of the local injectable anaesthetic, you should not feel any pain during the implant procedure.
We find that many patients, including those who are anxious or scared of needles, leave the clinic not knowing why they were so worried at all.
Will I need any time off after the procedure?
A contraceptive implant removal is a straightforward and safe procedure. You can absolutely return to your daily activities as normal.
Can I bring someone with me?
Yes. You can bring someone with you to your appointment.
Can I see a female specialist?
We have both male and female specialists for implant removals as well as implant fittings & replacements.
If you would prefer a female clinician, or you would like to have a female assistant present during your appointment, please do let us know when booking your appointment so that we can make the necessary arrangements for you.
My GP has tried to remove my implant unsuccessfully. Can you help?
We recommend patients to leave the implant in the skin for a few weeks before booking an appointment.
You may require an ultrasound guided removal, in which case we will refer you to a private hospital/NHS for this procedure.