What is an Abscess Drainage?

Abscess drainage, also known as percutaneous fluid drainage, is a procedure to drain an infection in the body by insertion of a thin tube or catheter into the abscess using imaging guidance — such as a CT scan, fluoroscopy or ultrasound — to drain the infection. Success is immediately apparent if the infected contents are aspirated. This result is usually achieved, with rates exceeding 90% according to literature studies.

Why would you need an Abscess Drain?

An abscess may occur in the abdomen, pelvis, or less commonly, the lungs. Antibiotics are unable to penetrate an abscess, so the bacteria within the abscess cannot be effectively treated unless the abscess is drained. This can be accomplished by open surgery or a minimally invasive drain placement, depending on where the abscess is located.

Risks Involved

Our ability to use imaging guidance and cutting-edge technology minimizes patient risk. Prior to your procedure, your physician will discuss any potential risks with you.

Conditions to let us know about

Let your doctor know if you currently are pregnant or breast feeding, feeling ill, have a fever, or are taking any blood thinners.

Insurance coverage

Abscess drains are covered by most private insurance providers as well as Medicare. We will seek authorization from your insurance company prior to your procedure.

Preparing for your procedure

If you are on blood thinners your doctor will instruct you if you need to stop these medications prior to the procedure. If your procedure requires sedation, then you will need a responsible adult to give you a ride home.

Recovering from your procedure

You may possibly receive mild to moderate sedation during your procedure. You will stay in the recovery area until you are ready for discharge. You will be given written post procedure discharge instructions that will advise you about return to normal physical activity. If you have any questions after your procedure, please call the RIA Interventional Suite at 720-493-3406.

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