Other Surgeries- Abscess drainage

Abscess drainage is a procedure to drain an infection in the body, such as the chest, abdomen, or pelvis, by insertion of a thin tube (catheter) into the abscess to drain the site of the infection. The catheter will drain the abscess from your body.

Symptoms of abscess are:

  • Infection
  • Chills
  • iFever
  • Pain
  • Sweating

The best treatment for any abscess or collection of pus is to drain the same with a liberal incision with dependent drainage. Once an abscess reaches the stage of collection of purulent material in liquefied status it is seldom possible to treat with antibiotics or by any other means.

Depending on the location and size of the abscess and the type of fluid obtained in the collection, the doctor may place a small catheter to allow the area to continue to drain for several days. If the collection of fluid (abscess) is deep in the pelvis, sometimes the best route for the surgeon to place a drainage catheter is through the child’s rectum. This is called trans-rectal abscess drainage.

Risks involved in the abscess drainage procedure are:

  • bleeding
  • infection
  • injury to adjacent organs, especially the colon/intestines or bladder (if the abcess is in the abdomen)

You will be admitted to the hospital at least overnight to monitor and treat your pain and observe the amount of drainage from your tube. The nurse will teach you how to care for your tube once you return home. You will then set up a date to return for your follow-up CT scan. The physician will let you know how long you will have your tubes. The drainage can be sent to the laboratory for tests to show which is the best antibiotic to treat the remaining infection.

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