The aim of splitting an abscess is to allow the pus to drain out of the abscess cavity. The intervention is indicated for abscesses that do not occur on their own or are treated conservatively. The affected body region is first given a local anesthetic.
The abscess cavity is drained and necrotic tissue is removed. The abscess cavity is then irrigated to flush out any remaining pus and small pieces of tissue. Wound closure does not occur. With extensive
A drain (e.g. a strip of gauze) is temporarily placed in the abscess cavity to prevent pus from accumulating again as the wound heals.