Incision and Drainage (I&D)
Incision and drainage is a procedure performed to clear large, growing and painful abscesses of pus. The procedure is performed under local anaesthesia and takes about 45 minutes. Your doctor makes a small incision and drains the pus using a catheter (a thin long tube), syringe or just by squeezing the abscess. The area is flushed with sterile water. Your doctor 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. Your doctor 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.
As with all surgeries, incision and drainage of an abscess may be associated with complications such as pain, bleeding, redness, swelling, fever, rash and scarring at the site of the abscess.
Can urgent care drain an abscess?
Incision and drainage (I&D) is most often necessary for an abscess, boil, or wound. Incision and drainage, however, is actually a simple procedure that can be performed safely and conveniently at urgent care—usually much faster and more affordable than at most hospital ERs.
Can I get a cyst removed at Express Urgent Care in Chicago il?
After the procedure, the skin will heal from the inside out, and you will typically only be left with a small, smooth scar. One of the most convenient places for you to get a cyst removed is an urgent care clinic. Contact us to help schedule an appointment for cyst removal at Express urgent care medical clinic today.