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 or nurse call line 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: May 12, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kenneth Bark, MD - General Surgery, Colon and Rectal Surgery
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