Incision and Drainage


Incision and Drainage

An Incision and Drainage (I+D) procedure takes place when a patient has an infected cyst or an abscess that needs to be treated.

What is it?

The surrounding area around the site will first be treated with local anesthesia to minimize pain and discomfort.

Next, your provider will make an incision into the site and begin draining the fluid. After the site is emptied out, your surgeon will pack the wound to encourage faster healing

Lastly, the site will be bandaged up and you will be given instructions on care moving forward.

Incision and Drainage


How does it work?

What are the benefits of

Incision and Drainage


Infected cysts and abscesses can be uncomfortable or even painful, 

If left untreated these lesions  can become even more infected and create a larger health risk down the line.

Getting an infected cyst or an abscess taken care of by a health professional is always a smarter and safer choice than trying to take care of it on your own.

What results are expected?

What is the service like?

What to Expect Before, During, and After Surgery


Before incision, your provider will numb the site with a local anesthetic for your comfort.


During incision, your provider will gently cut open the cyst or abscess and drain the fluid.  Oftentimes, the provider will pack the remaining defect with gauze to encourage wound healing.

After the incision and drainage, a bandage will be placed on the site.


Leave the original bandage on for 24 hours after your procedure, and after the first 24 hours, remove and clean with gentle soap and water 1-2 times a day. Each time you replace your bandage, include some antibiotic ointment.

Pain and swelling can be reduced by elevation when and where possible. Acetaminophen and ibuprofen are safe to take when used as directed.

If symptoms don’t seem to be improving or they’re getting worse, call us. A follow-up appointment may be recommended if your wound hasn’t noticeably improved within a few days.

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