ⓘ Incision and drainage

                                     

ⓘ Incision and drainage

Incision and drainage and clinical lancing are minor surgical procedures to release pus or pressure built up under the skin, such as from an abscess, boil, or infected paranasal sinus. It is performed by treating the area with an antiseptic, such as iodine-based solution, and then making a small incision to puncture the skin using a sterile instrument such as a sharp needle, a pointed scalpel or a lancet. This allows the pus fluid to escape by draining out through the incision.

Good medical practice for large abdominal abscesses requires the introduction of a drainage tube, preceded by the introduction of a Central venous catheter to ensure preparedness for a possible treatment for septic shock.

Incision and drainage often abbreviated as "I& D" or "ind" for medical professionals.