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Dr. Babak Jouhari
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Incision And Drainage (Overview)

A skin abscess is a collection of pus and infected material in or on the skin. The doctor may cut open and drain the abscess, after placing some numbing medicine in the area. Packing material may be left in wound to help it heal and not close over again.


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What amount does incision and drainage hurt?

What amount does incision and drainage hurt?

Varies: Location?
Size of abscess?
Skin or deeper?
Organs involved?
Dental?
Pain medications will be prescribed to correlate with expectation
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Dr. Babak Jouhari
61 Doctors shared insights

Incision And Drainage (Overview)

A skin abscess is a collection of pus and infected material in or on the skin. The doctor may cut open and drain the abscess, after placing some numbing medicine in the area. Packing material may be left in wound to help it heal and not close over again.


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Is an incision and drainage a painful procedure?

Is an incision and drainage a painful procedure?

Not So Bad: The pain from an "i and d" is dependent on the location & severity of the abscess and the method of anesthesia. A simple one just under the skin can usually be done with local anesthesia. Deeper abscesses usually require a trip to the or and the help of an anesthesiologist. Most importantly, the pain caused by the abscess will soon be gone. ...Read more

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I'd appreciate Suggestions after incision and drainage of that seems to be getting worse?

I'd appreciate Suggestions after incision and drainage of that seems to be getting worse?

I & D of what??????: I don't know just what precisely was treated by an incision and drainage procedure, but if it s not improving, then you need to follow up with the doctor. ...Read more

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I had an incision and drainage of abscess two days ago. How do I clean my wound and keep it clean?

I had an incision and drainage of abscess two days ago. How do I clean my wound and keep it clean?

Shower and keep dry: If there was packing take it out and shower normally. Use mild soap and keep it dry with gauge. May need to change it frequently if lot of drainage. If they instructed u to pack it, then follow there directions. U also need to c ur doctor to make sure it is healing well. ...Read more

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What's worse, an incision and drainage or the actual root canal?

What's worse, an incision and drainage or the actual root canal?

Neither: You would not be condidering either unless you had pain. Whichever is indicated will make you feel better. Sometimes the area can be drained through the tooth during the root canl process. If the infection is advanced it may require an incision as well. ...Read more

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How is an incision and drainage of a pilonidal cyst performed?

How is an incision and drainage of a pilonidal cyst performed?

The two common ways: Are to cut out the entire cyst along with its lining and close it up directly with stitches after thoroughly washing it out or to cut it out entirely but leave it open with packing that needs to be changed and then washed out several times letting it heal from the floor of where the cyst was or use a device known as a woundvac to force it to heal quicker with similar wound care. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: incision and drainage of pilonidal cyst?

What is the definition or description of: incision and drainage of pilonidal cyst?

Removal of pus: Opening the top layer of infected pilonidal cyst and draning the contained pus from the cavity of the cyst. ...Read more

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Are there any suggestions for incision and drainage for absess tooth following a failed root canal?

Are there any suggestions for incision and drainage for absess tooth following a failed root canal?

Depends: I&d is performed in situations where there is mod. To sever infection that is not draining on its own combined with antibiotic therapy ...Read more

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I'd appreciate Suggestions after incision and drainage of buttocks abscess. I am having Duocid antibio. And Etol Fort for pain relief.

I'd appreciate Suggestions after incision and drainage of buttocks abscess. I am having Duocid antibio. And Etol Fort for pain relief.

Clean and moist: The hallmark of good wound care after drainage of an abscess is to keep the wound clean AND moist. If the wound has a foul odor, or the gauze pads are full of pus, then you need to change the bandage and clean the wound (soap and water fine) more often. Finish the course on antibiotics, and make sure to follow up with the doctor that did the drainage within a week or so. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Is low grade fever normal following incision and drainage of anorectal abscess?

Is low grade fever normal following incision and drainage of anorectal abscess?

Low grade fever: Is common after any operation that involves general anesthesia, but it really depends how high it is. If it goes above 101, contact your surgeon. You might need to be on antibiotics to control infection in the abscess area. ...Read more

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Any suggestions for incision and drainage for abscessed tooth after a failed root canal?

Any suggestions for incision and drainage for abscessed tooth after a failed root canal?

Re treatment: That failed root canal tooth sould be treated with antibiotics and incision and draining of the abscess if necessary.
After that that root canal should be re done if the tooth is savable, or extracted if not. ...Read more

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11 post hysterectomy open incision green drainage. Tylenol (acetaminophen) 3 doesn't work. Pain. Infection? My drs on vacation.

11 post hysterectomy open incision green drainage. Tylenol (acetaminophen) 3 doesn't work. Pain. Infection? My drs on vacation.

On call doc: Almost all of us doing OB and GYN have other physicians covering us when we are on vacation. Call your GYN's office first and tell them your incision is likely infected and you would like to get in touch with your GYN's covering doctor. If that doesn't work then please go to the ER as a last resort. The on call doctor will appreciate you not waiting until late today or in the middle of night. ...Read more

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Hello I had incision and drainage under arm for a boil. The cut was 4cm deep. Its been almost 3 months and the wound still oozes some blood and pus.

Hello I had incision and drainage under arm for a boil. The cut was 4cm deep. Its been almost 3 months and the wound still oozes some blood and pus.

Hidradenitis suppurativa: You may have hidradenitis suppurativa. This is a chronic infection affecting the apocrine sweat glands. Apocrine glands are found in the armpits, breasts, and gluteal region. Each of the regions can be affected by hidradenitis. It may require chronic suppressive antibiotics. If these fail to resolve the infection, the glands may require surgical removal. Hope this helps ...Read more

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An abscess develops after a femoral artery embolectomy. Incision and drainage is done. How long should it drain before debridement?

An abscess develops after a femoral artery embolectomy. Incision and drainage is done. How long should it drain before debridement?

Already occurring: If a drainage procedure was done the wound should have been left partially open. The dressing changes will do the debridement. Make sure to change daily. Follow-up with surgeon who did drainage procedure. ...Read more

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Have an ugly scar on breast after abscess incision and drainage. How can it be treated. Its deep indented. Feel depressed about it.

Have an ugly scar on breast after abscess incision and drainage. How can it be treated. Its deep indented. Feel depressed about it.

Your decision: A plastic surgeon can revise a scar like this and make it less visible. Most people -- including most possible partners -- don't care at all about whether you've got even quite a large scar here. Hopefully you get the outcome you want. Best wishes. ...Read more

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A large thigh abscess develops at the surgical site after a femoral artery embolectomy, is incision and drainage the only treatment required?

A large thigh abscess develops at the surgical site after a femoral artery embolectomy, is incision and drainage the only treatment required?

Yes: An abscess, or collection of infected fluid should absolutely be drained. If left undrained, it could compromise healing if the opening in the artery, and the suture line could blow out leading to a high risk of death. Call your surgeon immediately! An infection of the skin without and abscess is best treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

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Can having a bowel movement after an incision and drainage of hemorrhoids cause infection?

Can having a bowel movement after an incision and drainage of hemorrhoids cause infection?

Not likely: Normal daily soap & water cleansing should be enough. Can try warm bath to sit & soak in. Infection in this area after surgery is not common. ...Read more

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Are antibiotics usually prescribed after people have an incision and drainage for an abscess?

Are antibiotics usually prescribed after people have an incision and drainage for an abscess?

Yes: An abcess is a collection of purulent fluid caused by a overgrowth of a single or multiple bacteria or organism. Although the collection has been drained but a specific or a broad spectrum antibiotics has to be prescribed to completely eradicate the cause. Hope my answer is of help. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how much time does it take for a incision & drainage wound to heal?

Can you tell me how much time does it take for a incision & drainage wound to heal?

NAtural Process: When there is injury to our skin, inflammation occurs which means the area becomes red, warm, tender and with swelling. The swelling occurs under the skin layers and then can leak out of an open wound. The fluid contains water, protein, electrolytes and cells that give it color. This is a natural process and aids in healing. As it heals, the drainage will decrease. Keep it covered. ...Read more

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Laparscopic ovarian cysts surgery & incision drainage, what to do?

Laparscopic ovarian cysts surgery & incision drainage, what to do?

Call your surgeon: Wash the incision with an anti-bacterial soap such as hibiclens or phisoderm. Irrigate hydrogen peroxide over a 4 x 4 gauze and most importantly call your surgeon so he/she can evaluate the wound for any possible infection or loss of integrity. ...Read more

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When does dental abscess become an emergency? In severe cases is incision, drainage, removal best done immediately or after a course of oral abx?

Dangerous triangle: Dental abscess becomes very dangerous if it lies very close to brain. Like upper area where premolars and molars are. I;d should be performed when the swelling is becoming ripe or soft to establish an exit for the pus. This procedure should be followed with course if antibiotic. Then the cause of the infection should be assessed and dealt with ...Read more

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I hd perianal abscess incision & drainage 9 wks back, now only a smal opning is lft bt wen I press near the incision area pus comes out. Is it normal?

Perianal abscess: To have pus drainage 9 weeks after the procedure is not 'normal.' Ideally, at this far out, the area should be healed. It's possible you have infection, and/or a perianal fistula. You definitely should return to the doctor who did the I&D. The area may need additional exploration. ...Read more

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I had an incision/drainage for a dental infection 1 wk ago. I still have pain & a bump/clot by my nose. Should I see my Dr.? Any idea what this is?

I had an incision/drainage for a dental infection 1 wk ago. I still have pain & a bump/clot by my nose. Should I see my Dr.? Any idea what this is?

Return to Dr: I & D does not treat the source of the infection, just relieves some of the symptoms. Without definitive treatment the infection will recur. ...Read more

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Abdominal pain 12 weeks after hernia surgery? Component separation and mesh used. Incision still minor drainage near sternum. Surgeon says okay. You?

Abdominal pain 12 weeks after hernia surgery? Component separation and mesh used. Incision still minor drainage near sternum. Surgeon says okay. You?

Drainage is not norm: The drainage has me concerned. The pain is expected. Are you having fever? Any nausea? Is the wound bright red? You could get a CT Scan or YS to look for an infection. However, I would trust your surgeon. Ask him what is causing the drainage ...Read more

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How long should packing for drainage of sergical incision be left in wound?

Depends: It really depends on what the wound looks like the following 24 hours with respect to the quality and quantity of the drainage. Also the physician takes into account the type of material that is packed in the incision. Certain packing can remain in the wound up to seven days while others need to be removed within the first 24 to 48 hours. ...Read more

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Sholder arthroscopicsurgery. 4 weeks ago. See profile. One of the incision sites isn't completely closed on top. Some drainage. What should I do?

Call your surgeon: If you are having drainage call the surgeon. He or she may say that it is expected or may want to see you, depending on what you tell them. ...Read more

Discharge (Definition)

Discharge can be a noun or a verb; it has multiple meanings in physics, chemistry, military, and legal usage. The most common medical meaning is a substance that is being excreted. Examples: pus is the discharge from a pimple; a vaginal discharge can mean infection; an ear discharge can mean an infection of the outer ear tract; a nasal discharge ...Read more


Incision (Definition)

An incision is an opening made in the skin or mucosal surface. It is usually performed to allow entry into a body cavity in order to ...Read more