Your doctor would drain the abscess by opening it. Depending on the area of abscess and its size you will be given local anesthesia before the procedure. For draining large sized abscesses you will be given mild sedative. The doctor will initially clean the abscess area with sterile water and make a small incision to cut open the abscess and gently drain the pus inside. You would be asked to leave the area open for a day or two to facilitate complete healing. A bandage would be applied on the infected area and suitable antibiotics are given.
After the incision is made, the Word catheter is inserted, and the balloon tip is inflated with 2 to 3 mL of saline solution injected through the hub of the catheter. The inflated balloon allows the catheter to remain within the cavity of the cyst or abscess ( Figure 3 ). The free end of the catheter can be placed in the vagina. 16 To allow epithelialization of the surgically created tract, the Word catheter is left in place for four to six weeks, 1 , 10 , 16 although epithelialization may occur as soon as three to four weeks. 18