Abscess drainage

An abscess is an infected fluid collection within the body. Percutaneous abscess drainage uses imaging guidance to place a needle or catheter through the skin into the abscess to remove or drain the infected fluid. It offers faster recovery than open surgical drainage.

The abscess drainage procedure itself is fairly simple:

Your doctor makes an incision through the numbed skin over the abscess.

  • Pus is drained out of the abscess pocket.
  • After the pus has drained out, your doctor cleans out the pocket with a sterile saline solution.
  • The abscess is left open but covered with a wound dressing to absorb any more pus that is produced initially after the procedure.
  • A deeper or larger abscess may require a gauze “wick” to be placed inside to help keep the abscess open. This allows the tissue to heal properly from inside out and helps absorb pus or blood during the healing process.
  • Your doctor may send a sample of the pus to a lab for a culture to determine the cause of the bacterial infection.

At Winter Park family Physicians we provide this service to our patients.

To schedule an appointment, please call our office at 407-647-2550.