Abscesses (boils) are skin infections that are inflamed and contain pus. Incision and drainage is a procedure performed to clear large, growing and painful abscesses of pus.
The procedure is performed under local anesthesia and takes about 45 minutes. Dr. Shakov makes a small incision and drains the pus using a catheter (thin long tube), syringe or just by squeezing the abscess. The area is flushed with sterile water. Dr. Shakov may use special tools to explore further into the incision. A sample of the infected region is removed with a cotton swab for testing in the laboratory.
Dr. Shakov may pack the wound with gauze and cover with a dressing to prevent the recurrence of the abscess. Your wound will recover in about 14 days.