Anal Abscess Treatment

As a common cause for anal fistulas, anal abscesses rarely heal on their own. Even if they do not turn into fistulas, they are painful and can create quite a bit of discomfort in the patient. By seeking treatment, patients can end this discomfort and continue life free from the burden of anal abscesses.

At the Colorectal Center Los Angeles, we specialize in anal abscess treatment. Our colorectal specialists understand it may be difficult to discuss colorectal issues. When it comes to a safe, comfortable environment for colorectal treatment, look no further than the Colorectal Center Los Angeles.

Anal Abscess Treatment options

Fortunately, because anal abscesses are frequently caused by infection, they are often treated with a simple regimen of antibiotics or other medication. In these cases, our patients are encouraged to get regular checkups to ensure the abscess hasn’t advanced or turned into an anal fistula.

In cases that don’t respond to antibiotics or less invasive methods, surgery may be required. The purpose of surgery is to drain pus from the anal abscess. This is done with a small incision close to the abscess. During anal abscess surgery, your colorectal surgeon will examine the area for any other lesions that may need attention. Additionally, the drained pus is frequently studied in a lab to determine what type of bacteria caused the infection.

While the first priority is healing the abscess, a secondary priority is ensuring there is no recurrence. The colorectal surgeons at the Colorectal Center Los Angeles take every precaution to help you prevent anal abscesses from occurring again.

Once the procedure is complete, the incision is not closed. This is because it must heal from the inside out, otherwise the anal abscess may remain. In the interest of healing properly, your surgeon may pack the incision with sterile gauze or other material to make sure the bottom of the incision heals first.

Anal abscess surgery is usually performed under local anesthesia. The procedure takes 30 minutes to 1 hour.


The recovery period after anal abscess treatment surgery is brief, only lasting about one week. During this time, we recommend you take a series of warm baths to sooth the incision site. Additionally, we will prescribe antibiotic therapy to prevent infection, as well as pain therapy to manage discomfort. At any point after your surgery, we are at your disposal. If you have any questions or worries that arise, don’t hesitate to call us. Our first concern is your well-being, and this applies indefinitely.

If you feel you may be suffering from anal abscesses and have yet to seek treatment, it may be time to consider it. Doing so can improve your enjoyment of life. The specialists at the Colorectal Center Los Angeles are eager to help you find the source of your troubles and administer whatever treatment is necessary. If you're looking for anal abscess treatment in Los Angeles, these specialists can help. Please call us today to set an appointment.

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