Anal Abscess Can Often Be Treated In Our Office
Feel a lump around your anus? Trouble sitting? These symptoms can be caused by a perianal or perirectal abscess. A perianal abscess occurs when one of the small glands in the anal canal gets blocked and infected (almost like a pimple). As this grows and gets larger, it creates an abscess (pocket of pus) that tunnels out toward your buttock. A perianal abscess is one the common causes of anal pain or lump.
Perianal abscesses need to be drained. Antibiotics can help with an infection, however, the best cure will be having the abscess drained by our physicians. This can usually be performed in our office, occasionally in an outpatient surgicenter.
About half of the time, after drainage of an abscess, a fistula develops. A fistula is a small tunnel underneath the skin where the abscess was. Although it can be upsetting when this happens, rest assured, the Lehigh Valley Hemorrhoid Treatment Center’s board-certified physicians have extensive experience in the management of anal fistula. Using either a fistula plug, advancement flap, or LIFT procedure, our doctors can heal your fistula with low risk of complications.