Anorectal abscess surgery drains a pocket of pus that has built up
in the anal or rectal area. The doctor will make a cut to open the
abscess. The cut is called an incision. Then the doctor will clean out the abscess. The doctor may leave a
piece of gauze packing in the incision to help it heal. Or the doctor may put a
plastic tube in the abscess to help it drain.
Most people go home
on the same day as the surgery. The pain that was caused by the abscess often
gets better right after surgery. You may have some mild pain from the incision
for several days. You will probably be able to go back to work and your normal
activities within several days after your surgery. It may take about 2 to 3
weeks for your abscess to heal completely.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be
sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having
problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of
the medicines you take.
Surgery can be
stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for surgery.
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Current as of:
August 9, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kenneth Bark, MD - General Surgery, Colon and Rectal Surgery
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