WHAT IS BREAST ABSCESS DRAINAGE?
Opening and removing the pus from an abscess in the
REASONS FOR SURGERY
Relief of pain and prevention of the spread of infection.
General surgeon or obstetrician-gynecologist.
Mostly on outdoor basis but if large may involve
- Tests for Pre-operative fitness;
- After surgery: Laboratory examination of removed pus.
- Local anesthesia by injection. OR
- General anesthesia by inhalation and injection.
DESCRIPTION OF OPERATION
- An incision is made in the breast extending outward from
the nipple. The incision is generally on dependent part s to facilitate drainage.
- An instrument is forced into the abscess. Pockets of pus
are broken up by the surgeon's finger. The opening is enlarged and the area is irrigated
with a salt solution. Gauze packing is inserted to allow drainage.
- The skin edges are brought together loosely around the
- Excessive bleeding.
- Surgical-wound infection.
- Slow healing.
- Breast engorgement, if breast is not emptied regularly of
AVERAGE HOSPITAL STAY
0 to 2 days.
Expect complete recovery without complications. Nursing
can usually be resumed on the affected side in about 2 weeks. Allow about 3 weeks for
complete recovery from surgery.
- A hard ridge should form along the incision. As it heals,
the ridge will recede gradually.
- Bathe and shower as usual. After removal of the drain, you
may wash the incision gently with mild unscented soap.
- Change dressings daily after bathing.
- If you continue nursing, use a breast pump on the
abscessed side to prevent engorgement. Continue to nurse from the unaffected breast. The
infant is unlikely to become infected.
- Your doctor may prescribe:
- Pain relievers. Don't take prescription pain medication
longer than 4 to 7 days. Use ONLY as much as you need.
- Antibiotics to fight infection.
- You may use non-prescription drugs, such as paracetamol,
for minor pain.
- Return to work and normal activity as soon as possible.
This reduces postoperative depression and irritability.
- Avoid vigorous exercise for 3 weeks after surgery.
Clear liquid diet until the gastrointestinal tract
functions again. Then eat a well-balanced, high-protein diet to promote healing. Drink at
least 8 glasses of water daily.
VISIT YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY, IF
- Nausea or vomiting occur
- Increased pain, swelling, redness, drainage or bleeding
increases in the surgical area.
- Signs of infection: headache, muscle aches, dizziness or a
general ill feeling and fever.
- New, unexplained symptoms. Drugs used in treatment may
produce side effects.