Abcess Drainage

Abcess Drainage or Sinogram

Drainage or Sinogram of an abdominal, biliary, pancreatic, kidney, pelvic, rectal abscess, or fluid collection.

HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR THE PROCEDURE?

You will receive instructions from staff at the interventional radiologist's office at least a day before the procedure. You may have blood drawn for pre-procedure testing at either the hospital or clinic. Staff will advise you if changes in your regular medication schedule are necessary. Make sure you let the staff know if you have any allergies to medication or to contrast material that may be used to enhance x-ray images. You will be asked to not eat or drink anything after midnight on the night before your procedure. In most cases you should take medications that you usually take, especially blood pressure medications. If you are on any blood thinning medication such as Aspirin, Coumadin, Plavix, Heparin or Lovenox you should check with the staff about it and when you should stop the medication. Make sure someone will be available to drive you home afterwards.

HOW IS THE PROCEDURE PREFORMED?

This procedure is performed by inserting a needle through the skin and injecting contrast dye into a cavity or tract or previously placed tube with the guidance of ultrasound, CT scan or X-rays.