Anal Abscess Treatment

An anal abscess is treated by making an incision in the skin and draining away the pus. Sometimes a drain is left afterwards to make sure that the pus doesn’t recollect. A general anaesthetic is usually required. Some patients particularly those with diabetes may require antibiotics for a few days after the procedure. Most patients will be able to go home within 24 hours of their surgery.

After the procedure patients will need to have regular dressings to the site. With smaller abscesses patients may be able to do this themselves with larger abscesses a nurse may be required to supervise the dressings.

Keeping the area clean afterwards is important particularly after bowel opening, see our advice sheet on Caring For Yourself After Anal Surgery.

Healing normally takes place over 4 to 6 weeks. Healing may not occur if an anal fistula has developed.

Updated January 2016


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