Incision and Drainage

Care After

Refer to this sheet in the next few weeks. These instructions provide you with information on caring for yourself after your procedure. Your caregiver may also give you more specific instructions. Your treatment has been planned according to current medical practices, but problems sometimes occur. Call your caregiver if you have any problems or questions after your procedure.


  • If antibiotic medicine is given, take it as directed. Finish it even if you start to feel better.

  • Only take over-the-counter or prescription medicines for pain, discomfort, or fever as directed by your caregiver.

  • Keep all follow-up appointments as directed by your caregiver.

  • Change any bandages (dressings) as directed by your caregiver. Replace old dressings with clean dressings.

  • Wash your hands before and after caring for your wound.

You will receive specific instructions for cleansing and caring for your wound.


  • You have increased pain, swelling, or redness around the wound.

  • You have increased drainage, smell, or bleeding from the wound.

  • You have muscle aches, chills, or you feel generally sick.

  • You have a fever.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.