An abscess is an abnormal collection or buildup of pus (a thick yellowish-white fluid caused by an infection of white blood cells, germs, and dead tissue) within a confined area (pocket of pus), that can form anywhere in your body. An infection in your body causes an inflammatory response by the white blood cells (WBCs) when your immune system tries to fight the infection. This leads to the accumulation of pus within the damaged tissues. An abscess can cause severe pain, and the skin around the abscess looks inflamed and may appear red, raised, and swollen.
Usually, small abscesses resolve independently; however, if they don't, your surgeon can prescribe antibiotics to treat the bacterial infection that may cause the abscess. Large abscesses that cause severe pain and discomfort can be managed through surgical drainage (incision and drainage) where the abscess is punctured to drain the pus.
Read on to know more about abscess surgery, how it is performed, its benefits, and the potential risks involved.
An abscess surgery is a procedure used to treat an abscess and is also known as “Incision and Drainage (I & D),” which drains the pus accumulated within the affected area. These minor surgical procedures effectively help release the increased pressure buildup in the abscess. It is recommended for large or persistent abscesses that do not clear up through antibiotic therapy.
An abscess surgery (incision and drainage), performed by a skilled surgeon, is a safe procedure without any serious post-op complications. Preparation before the procedure is as follows:
An abscess surgery is a minor procedure that usually does not require hospitalization, but sometimes you may require an overnight hospital stay if the abscess is large and severely infected, or if you suffer from other pre-existing conditions (diabetes, etc.). The procedure is as follows:
You will be kept in a recovery room for an hour or two until the effect of your anesthesia wears off, and then you are allowed to go home. However, if the abscess is large and severely affected, you may be kept overnight in the hospital for observation.
Removing the abscess has many advantages and poses a high risk of infections and other complications if not treated on time.
Though incision and drainage is a safe and highly effective procedure to drain an abscess, some possible alternative non-surgical methods may help, including:
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Unfortunately, an abscess can return after surgery despite proper treatment and complete healing. Additional surgery will likely be needed to treat the recurrence of an abscess.
You can prevent an abscess in the following ways:
Internal abscesses are treated through needle aspiration, where a CT (Computed Tomography) scan or ultrasound scan imaging is used to locate the abscess. A needle is inserted into the place located, and the abscess is drained through the needle.
An abscess continues to drain 2 to 3 days after surgery. The wound is packed with antiseptic gauze, which aids in drainage and healing.
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