Abscesses (boils) are infections that are inflamed and contain pus. A breast abscess is a collection of pus in the breast tissue. Incision and drainage is a procedure performed to clear large, growing and painful abscesses of pus. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia. Your doctor makes a small incision with a knife or a needle and syringe and drains the pus. This may be guided by ultrasound. Your doctor may pack the wound with gauze and cover it with a dressing to prevent recurrence of the abscess.
A cyst is a painful fluid-filled sac that can form inside the body’s tissues. Breast cyst aspiration is a procedure in which your doctor removes fluid from the breast cyst with the help of a small needle and syringe. The area may be numbed so you are comfortable during the procedure. Ultrasound may be used to guide the needle into the cyst.
As with any procedure, abscess and cyst aspiration may involve certain risks and complications such as infection and bruising.