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Is abscess draining considered surgery?

Abscess incision and drainage are considered minor surgery. In most cases, you will remain awake and receive only a local anesthetic to numb the area around the abscess before the procedure. The incision and drainage can take place in your doctor’s office. Check online for a quote regarding how much abscess drainage usually costs in your area.

For internal abscesses, your doctor might need the help of a CT scan to reach the abscess and place a drain. If the incision and drainage fail to remove the collected fluids, then you may have to be placed under general anesthesia to have surgical drainage in the operating room.

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* Savings estimate based on a study of more than 1 billion claims comparing self-pay (or cash pay) prices of a frequency-weighted market basket of procedures to insurer-negotiated rates for the same. Claims were collected between July 2017 and July 2019. R.Lawrence Van Horn, Arthur Laffer, Robert L.Metcalf. 2019. The Transformative Potential for Price Transparency in Healthcare: Benefits for Consumers and Providers. Health Management Policy and Innovation, Volume 4, Issue 3.

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Your actual costs may be higher or lower than these cost estimates. Check with your provider and health plan details to confirm the costs that you may be charged for a service or procedure.You are responsible for costs that are not covered and for getting any pre-authorizations or referrals required by your health plan. Neither payments nor benefits are guaranteed. Provider data, including price data, provided in part by Turquoise Health.

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