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Incision & Drainage for a Bartholin's Cyst

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A Bartholin's cyst is a small, fluid-filled sac that develops in one of the Bartholin's glands, which are located on either side of the opening of the vagina. These glands produce a small amount of lubricating fluid that helps to keep the vaginal area moist.

When these cysts occur, they often go away on their own without treatment. Sometimes, they can grow very large or become infected. In these cases, the Women’s Health Group can remove the cyst using a procedure known as incision and drainage (I&D).

Signs and Symptoms of a Bartholin’s Cyst

Bartholin's cysts are usually painless and do not cause any symptoms. However, they can sometimes become infected and cause pain or swelling in the vaginal area. This is known as a Bartholin's abscess. Cysts that are very large or infected may need to be treated using incision and drainage (I&D).

When you have a Bartholin’s abscess, you may notice:

A tender, painful lump
Discomfort while walking or sitting
Pain during intercourse

What Is Incision & Drainage?

Incision and drainage (I&D) is a surgical procedure in which a healthcare provider makes a small incision in the skin over an abscess or infected area and removes the pus or infected material. I&D is typically performed to treat an abscess, which is a collection of pus that has built up in a confined area, such as a boil or a wound.

We use I&D to treat a Bartholin’s abscess that has enlarged or become infected. Benefits of an I&D include:

  • Faster healing
  • Reduced pain
  • Less inflammation

What to Expect During an Incision & Drainage

To drain a Bartholin’s cyst using an I&D procedure, we will use either local anesthesia or sedation to ensure your comfort.

  • We will make a small incision in the skin over the abscess or infected area.
  • We will use a small instrument, such as a needle or scalpel, to remove the pus or infected material.
  • The wound may be packed with gauze to help drain any remaining pus and stitched, if necessary.

After the procedure, you will be monitored until the anesthesia wears off. You may feel some discomfort or pain at the site of the incision, but this can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medication or as directed by your doctor. Follow your doctor's instructions for any post-procedure care, such as taking medications or avoiding certain activities. You may also need to schedule a follow-up appointment to ensure that the infection has cleared up and the wound is healing properly.

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Do you have a painful cyst that may be infected? The experienced team at Women’s Health Group can help. Reach out to schedule an appointment to discuss if an incision and drainage (I&D) procedure is right for you.
What is incision and drainage?
Incision and drainage, also known as I&D, is a surgical procedure in which a healthcare provider makes a small cut in a wound or abscess and removes any pus or other infected material. This procedure is often performed to treat abscesses, infected wounds, or boil-like infections that have not responded to other forms of treatment.
Why is incision and drainage necessary?
Incision and drainage is necessary when an abscess or other type of infection has developed and needs to be drained in order to allow the infection to heal. If left untreated, the infection can spread and cause further complications.
How is incision and drainage performed?
Incision and drainage is typically performed in a healthcare provider's office or clinic. The area of the abscess or infection will be cleaned and numbed with a local anesthetic. The healthcare provider will then make a small cut in the abscess or infected area and use a small instrument, such as a needle or scalpel, to remove any pus or infected material. The wound will then be cleaned and closed with stitches or a bandage.
Is incision and drainage painful?
Incision and drainage is generally not a painful procedure due to the use of a local anesthetic to numb the area. However, you may feel some pressure or discomfort during the procedure. After the procedure, you may experience some pain or discomfort at the site of the incision, which can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication or as directed by your healthcare provider.
How long does it take to recover from incision and drainage?
Recovery from incision and drainage generally takes a few days to a week. During this time, you should follow your healthcare provider's instructions for caring for the wound and taking any prescribed medications. It is important to keep the wound clean and dry to prevent further infection. You should also avoid strenuous activities or heavy lifting until the wound has fully healed.
Are there any risks or complications associated with incision and drainage?
As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks and potential complications associated with incision and drainage. These may include infection, bleeding, scarring, and allergic reaction to the anesthetic. Your healthcare provider will discuss these risks with you before the procedure and take steps to minimize the risk of complications.