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Friday, March 7, 2014
Perianal abcess after care.
I recently had a perianal abcess surgically drained yesterday. The doctor advised to wait 24 hours before changing the bandages. The problem with that is I do not have anyone that can help me with the process.
Is it mandatory to re apply bandages to continue healing? How is this done, I was given know instructions about the process and from what I can tell the bandages are just packed into my anus. Is there a certain way this has to be re bandaged?
These are all great questions, but it is important that you ask your surgeon! Some abscess cavities need to be re-packed, some simply covered. Others just need to be soaked. I cannot tell you specifics about your condition, but your surgeon can and should.
Janice Frederick Rafferty, MD
Professor of Surgery
Chief of Colorectal Surgery Division
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati