Abscess Drainage

In patients with Crohn’s disease, abscesses, or collections of pus, often develop in the abdomen, pelvis, or around the anal area.

Abscesses require antibiotics to treat the infection, but your doctor may also recommend surgical drainage of the pus cavity to ensure the area heals completely.

Symptoms of an Abscess

  • Severe pain in the abdomen

  • Painful bowel movements

  • Discharge of pus from the anus

  • Lump at the edge of the anus that is swollen, red, and tender

  • Fever

What You Should Know About Abscess Drainage

  • The surgeon will make a small cut into the abscess and insert a thin tube to drain the pus.

  • The tube may be left in for a week or more to allow the abscess to completely drain and begin healing.

  • Most people feel better within a few days of surgery.

Ask Your Doctor

  • Why are you recommending this surgery?

  • What preparations will I need to make before my surgery?

  • What are the potential complications from abscess drainage?

  • What kind of restrictions will I have after my surgery?

  • How long will it take me to recover from my surgery?

  • What supplies might I need at home after the abscess is drained?

  • How will the surgery affect my diet and bowel movements?

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