Interventional Radiology at Union Hospital, Dover Ohio

Abscess Drainage Tube Placement

What is an Abscess?

Physician and assistant at work in the Interventional Radiology suite at Union Hospital in Dover Ohio.
Physician and assistant at work in the Interventional Radiology suite.

Abscess is defined as a cavity containing pus and surrounded by inflamed tissue.

What is an Abscess Drainage Tube Placement?

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.

What will happen?

Types of abscess drainage tubes
Types of drainage tubes.

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.

Will it hurt?

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.

When can I get back to my normal activity?

This is variable depending on your condition. The doctor or nurse will let you know for sure.

When do I get my results?

The doctor will be able to tell you and your family the results as soon as the procedure is finished.

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