Welcome to Rockwell Oral and Facial Surgery’s page about the Incision and Drainage procedure. If you have an abscess and need our immediate assistance, please call us right away. An abscess can be very painful and potentially fatal. Rockwell Oral and Facial Surgery, acknowledges that dealing with an abscess is an urgent matter and usually requires a procedure to be scheduled right away. Please reach out to us immediately so we can help you. If you are looking to find out more about the incision and drainage process before you come in, feel free to read more below. We answer some of the most frequently asked questions about incision and drainage below.
Incision and drainage is a phrase used to describe the process of making an incision and draining an abscess. This is a relatively simple procedure that is done while a patient is on a local anesthetic.
Decompress – The first step is to make a small incision in the region which the abscess is located. The incision is made to allow the fluid within the abscess to have a place to be released. Next we place a small pair of hemostats within the incision and spread them apart to allow all of the liquid within the abscess to drain. This relieves the pressure caused by the abscess.
Decontaminate – Decontaminating the interior cavity of the abscess is a critical part of the process. The area needs to be flushed thoroughly with a saline and antibiotic mixture to remove any pus or bacteria. The old saying in the oral surgery community when it comes to incision and drainage is “the solution to pollution is dilution.” That saying basically means that the solution to the bacterial infection is flushing it out and making the area sterile. This is the most painless part of the incision and drainage process but it is also the most critical.
Drain – A small piece of tubing called a Penrose drain is placed in the area of the incision so the abscess is able to continue to drain. There will be a follow up appointment in the following days to remove the Penrose drain and make sure the infection is no longer active.
Rockwell Oral and Facial Surgery will continue to add to this page of our website so we can answer some of the most commonly asked questions about abscesses. If you have a question regarding the process that is not answered on this page, do not hesitate to call us. We will be happy to answer any and all questions you have whether they are about abscesses or the incision and drainage procedure.