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Joint Incision and Drainage

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

Joint incision and drainage is surgery to open an infected joint and drain the pus.


Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

Call your doctor or surgeon if:


You may need any of the following:

Wound care:


Follow up with your doctor 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.

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