Perianal Abscess

Surgical Drain

What is perianal abscess?

Perianal abscess can be defined as the collection of pus in the tissue around the anus and rectum. It is a superficial infection which is caused when the bacteria gets trapped in the crypt glands that line the anal canal. As the bacteria and pus build up over a period of time they form a lump that is red and painful that looks like a pimple.

Perianal Abscess Surgical Drain is the best treatment option for this.

What are the symptoms of

perianal abscess?

The symptoms of perianal abscess include:

  • Anal pain
  • Constipation
  • Fever
  • Anal bleeding or discharge
  • Swelling and tenderness
  • Itching
  • Pus

How is the perianal

abscess treated?

The perianal abscess is treated by surgically draining out the pus. The procedure is carried out under the influence of local anesthesia.

The surgeon administers local anesthesia around the abscess to make the drainage process as painless as possible. Then an incision is made into the abscess and the pus is drained out.

A portion of skin is removed to facilitate the drainage and the body is allowed to heal the abscess. Gauze is applied as a dressing after the procedure.

Explain the recovery


The patient will experience some amount of pain after the local anesthesia wears off.

Doctors will prescribe painkillers if needed and self-medication should be avoided.

Products like aspirin or products that contain aspirin should be avoided for a few days.

It takes 2 to 4 weeks for the wound to heal.

The patient need not worry if any bleeding or drainage of pus occurs during this period.

Anal hygiene is stressed upon and post-surgery wound care will be advised by the doctor. 

The doctor may prescribe acetaminophen or ibuprofen.

Doctor will ask the patient to come back 7 to 14 days after the surgery for a post-surgery checkup.

If Pilonidal abscesses occur further surgery may be needed.

Post the surgery the doctor will advise bed rest for a day.

Drinking plenty of water and eating a high fiber diet will help in facilitating an easy bowel movement.

The patient can return to normal life a day or two after the procedure since it’s a minor outpatient operation.

Metamucil, Konsyl-D, Citrucel, Effersyllium, Hydrocil and other fiber supplements can be used during the recovery process. Prune juice or small doses of milk of magnesia can also be used.

When should one contact a


A patient should call doctor if the following happens after the Perianal Abscess Surgical Drain surgery:

  • Pain that’s excessive in nature and does not go away even after taking pain killers.
  • Fever and chills even after a day of operation which does not reduce.
  • Difficulty in urinating
  • Constipation and troubled bowel movements
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Severe bleeding

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