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Anal Abscess (cont.)

Anal Abscess Follow-up

Patients may have pain for several days following surgery, but should improve over time.

  • Patients may not have stitches. Infected wounds such as abscesses are left open to drain. If they were stitched shut they would just fill with pus again. There may be packing left in the wound, which usually will be removed by the healthcare professional after a few days.
  • Patients may need to take an antibiotic and pain medication for several days, depending on their condition.
  • Using stool softeners and adhering to good hygiene, such as sitz baths after every bowel movement, decreases the patient's discomfort and helps recovery.

Medically reviewed by Martin E Zipser, MD; American board of Surgery

REFERENCES:

MedscapeReference.com. Perirectal Abscess.

PubMed Health.gov. Anorectal Abscess.

Previous Medical Editors: Steven C Gabaeff, MD, FAAEM, Attending Physician, Emergency Medicine, Sutter Amador Hospital, Jackson, CA; Expert Consultant, Medical Board of California, Sacramento, CA; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; James Quinn, MD, Director of Research Department of Medicine, Division of Emergency Medicine University of California at San Francisco Medical Center.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/23/2014

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