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Draining Procedures

At ImageCare Radiology, our interventional radiologists offer procedures for draining cysts and abscesses. Our compassionate team understands the discomfort that cysts and abscesses can cause, which is why we offer specialized drainage procedures to alleviate pain and prevent complications.A hand in a white glove holds a syringe with a needle positioned above a clear glass slide on a white surface

What are Cysts and Abscesses?

Cysts are fluid-filled sacs that can develop anywhere in the body. Although they typically cause discomfort, cysts are generally benign. On the other hand, an abscess is a collection of pus that often results from an infection. Both cysts and abscesses can be located under the skin or deeper within the body and can cause significant discomfort and swelling.

What are the Benefits of Abscess or Cyst Drainage?

The primary benefit of draining an abscess or cyst is the reduction of swelling and pain due to the removal of excess fluid. Additionally, if there is a concern about infection, the drainage process allows for the fluid to be cultured and analyzed, providing crucial information for effective treatment. Drainage can lead to faster recovery times and prevent the spread of any potential infection.

How Does an Abscess or Cyst Drainage Procedure Work?

At ImageCare Radiology, our interventional radiologists perform drainage procedures with meticulous care, using a small needle for aspiration to remove the fluid. Here’s how the procedure typically works:

  1. The skin overlying the cyst or abscess is thoroughly cleaned.
  2. Using ultrasound imaging as a guide, the radiologist locates the fluid-filled pocket.
  3. The area is then numbed with local anesthetic to minimize discomfort.
  4. A needle, which may be attached to a small tube (catheter), is gently inserted into the cyst or abscess to drain the fluid.
  5. After the fluid is drained, the needle and catheter are removed, and a bandage is applied to the site.
  6. Any fluid or tissue extracted may be sent to a laboratory for analysis.

The procedure causes little to no discomfort, and post-procedure, the area is dressed with sterile gauze or a drain, as needed. If necessary, antibiotics are prescribed to aid in healing and to prevent or treat any infection. This minimally invasive technique is an effective way to address both cysts and abscesses and can be a crucial step toward recovery.

Contact Us for Abscess or Cyst Drainage Procedures

ImageCare Radiology has numerous locations, making it convenient for you to access our expert services. If you or someone you know is dealing with a cyst or abscess and requires professional medical attention, please contact us to schedule a procedure. Our state-of-the-art medical imaging facilities and skilled staff are ready to provide the care and treatment you deserve.

Don’t let discomfort dictate your life. Reach out to us to learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment. Trust ImageCare Radiology for your cyst and abscess drainage needs and take the first step towards relief and recovery.