Have a question re my abscess and the packing.
I have recently had a perirectal abscess opened up and drained and cleaned under surgery. Note the abscess is probably about the size of 1.5 finger (1.5x in length, finger sized circumference).
Before I left the hospital, the nurse had repacked the wound with gauze. This will be done daily with a home visit nurse.
The next day, the nurse comes and said that the packing from the previous day was no longer there. The only chance of it falling out would've been when I went to use my bowels but I did not notice it falling out.
But we went along with the assumption was that it had fallen out and the nurse had packed a new gauze inside.
My concern is that the original piece of packing had fallen deep into the abscess and hence the nurse could not see it and is now stuck inside.
My questions are:
- is it dangerous to leave the packing inside? (that should be obvious)
- how can I know if it is still inside?
- if it's still inside, how would I go about getting it out?
- how do I prevent the packing from falling into the abscess?