Abscess is defined as a cavity containing pus and surrounded by inflamed tissue.
To help the abscess heal it is sometimes necessary to remove or drain the collection of pus from the abscess. In order to do this a drainage catheter (hollow tube) is placed through the skin into the abscess.
Out-patients will start in Ambulatory Care where the patient will be changed into a gown, an IV will be started and medical history taken. The patient will be brought to the Radiology Department where the procedure will be explained and any questions answered. Depending on the location of the abscess the patient will be positioned on the X-ray table and an Ultrasound machine will be used to help the doctor guide the drainage tube into place. A drainage collection bag is then placed on the part of the drainage catheter that is coming through the skin and a dressing will be placed around the entry site and tube.
You may feel a bee sting when the doctor numbs the entry site. You also may feel some pushing at the entry site when tube is put in place.
This is variable depending on your condition. The doctor or nurse will let you know for sure.
The doctor will be able to tell you and your family the results as soon as the procedure is finished.