How to Prepare for a Percutaneous Abscess Drainage Procedure

Patients who undergo percutaneous abscess drainage fall into two general categories:

  • Those who are hospitalized, frequently recovering from surgery.
  • Those who are not hospitalized and have symptoms as described above. In these cases, you may be admitted to the hospital on the day of your procedure.

Tell your doctor all medications that you are taking, including herbal supplements, and if you have any allergies, especially to local anesthetic medications, general anesthesia or to contrast materials (also known as "dye" or "X-ray dye"). Your doctor may tell you to stop taking aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or a blood thinner for a specified period of time before your procedure.

Also tell your doctor about recent illnesses or other medical conditions.

Women should always inform their doctor or X-ray technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant. Radiation is not good for the fetus. If an X-ray is necessary, precautions will be taken to minimize radiation exposure to the baby.

You may be instructed to not eat or drink anything for several hours before your procedure.

You will be given a gown to wear during the procedure.

You should plan to stay overnight at the hospital following your procedure.