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Joint Incision And Drainage


Joint incision and drainage is surgery to open an infected joint and drain the pus out. It is also called an I and D.



The following medicines may be ordered for you:

  • Pain medicine helps take away or decrease pain. Do not wait until the pain is severe before you take your medicine.
  • Antibiotics help fight your joint infection.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your healthcare provider or surgeon as directed:

You will need to return to have your wound checked and stitches or gauze removed. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Wound care:

Care for your wound as directed by your surgeon. You may need to wash the wound with soap and water. Dry the area and put on new, clean bandages as directed. Change your bandages when they get wet or dirty.


  • Wash your hands before and after you change the bandages.
  • Wear the splint as directed by your surgeon.

Physical therapy:

A physical therapist teaches you exercises to help improve movement and strength, and to decrease pain.

Contact your healthcare provider or surgeon if:

  • You have a fever or chills.
  • Your wound is red, swollen, and draining pus.
  • You have nausea or are vomiting.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • Blood soaks through your bandage.
  • Your stitches come apart.
  • You have trouble breathing.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.