Frequently Asked Questions

How do you approach regional anesthesia?

Local anesthesia to the skin where the device will enter and exit, as well as the wall of the abscess, can be helpful to control pain during the procedure. 

If the abscess collection appears to be fluctuant, with no loculations that may require instrumentation, local aesthetic injection at the entry and exit points for the device may be adequate. A standard regional block may be preferred if a need for significant instrumentation is anticipated.  Using topical anesthetic such as LMX prior to injection may be helpful, especially in children. 

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