Incision and drainage
treatment of an abscess

What is an abscess?

A confined collection of pus surrounded by an inflamed tissue is defined as an abscess.
Abscesses are mostly found in extremities, buttocks, breast, axilla, groin, and areas prone to friction or minor trauma.

For treatment of an abscess, One can also opt for surgical procedure of incision and drainage of the abscess.

Staphylococcus and Streptococcus are the two microorganisms that are the main reasons for abscesses.

Untreated abscess will slowly reabsorb and while doing so rapture. 

How is the procedure of treatment of an abscess

carried out?

It’s an outpatient procedure carried out under the influence of local anesthesia.

Once the local anesthesia is administered a local block is formed in the region.

After this Chlorhexadine is applied to the spot and a sterile drape is placed around it.

Using a surgical needle the abscess is slowly ruptured by pricking it. The pus and contents of the abscess is allowed to flow out and to make sure complete drainage the surgeon applies pressure and reinforces the region by slowly dabbing it.

After this the abscess spot is reinforced with gauze and dressing is done.

How long is the

recovery process?

The recovery takes about a week or so, the doctor will prescribe ointment for the wound to dry quickly.

It’s a minor procedure and the patient can carry on with his daily chores the very same day. 

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