Incision and Drainage

  • Melissa Vanover
  • Payam SaadaiEmail author


This chapter describes the surgical procedure for incision and drainage. The text includes an introduction that outlines the indications, risks, alternatives, essential steps, needed equipment, and variations in technique for the procedure in question. This is followed by a template operative dictation, which provides the reader with an operative report, such as is found in a patient chart or electronic medical record. A description is provided of the following critical concepts for this procedure: localization of the abscess cavity, incision, irrigation, packing, or drain placement.


Pediatric surgery Operative dictation Incision and drainage Abscess I&D Subcutaneous abscess 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of California, DavisDepartment of Pediatric General, Thoracic and Fetal SurgerySacramentoUSA
  2. 2.UC Davis Medical Center/Shriners Hospital for ChildrenDivision of Pediatric SurgerySacramentoUSA

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