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Is an incision and drainage a painful procedure?

5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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