AfterOurs Clinics - Colorado
AfterOurs Clinics - Colorado

Cyst Treatment – Removal, Incision and Drainage

Doctor Diagnosis of the Sebaceous on Woman's Back
Cysts are common and can occur anywhere on the body. They are often a result of infection, clogged pores, or piercings. Most cysts are benign, which means they are non-cancerous. Infections, tumors, parasites, and injuries can cause cysts.

Some cysts can be malignant, or cancerous. Immediate removal of cancerous cysts is recommended to prevent complications.

What are Cysts?

Cysts are enclosed sac-like structures that are usually filled with fluid like pus or blood. Sometimes cysts can be filled with semi-solid to solid debris, or even air. Cysts are not normally present in the body and many require removal to avoid complications.

Usually, cysts are not cancerous. If a cyst is cancerous or associated with a tumor, it should be removed.


The main complications of a cyst are:

  • Pain
  • Scarring
  • An infection in the blood called septicemia
  • Skin Infection
  • Recurrent cyst formation


Cysts that are problematic are removed by a bedside procedure called an incision and drainage, or surgically.

Other associated symptoms, such as infection and pain, are treated with medications.

Incision and Drainage

An incision and drainage is started by injecting local anesthesia into the area of concern. This will numb the skin so that the patient is comfortable for the procedure. An incision is then made into the cyst, typically with a scalpel. Any fluid or debris in the cyst is drained and cleaned out. After this,

a dressing is applied to the wound to prevent bleeding and infection. Depending on the situation, the patient may also be prescribed antibiotics. The wound generally heals in a week or two.

Some cysts are not suitable for I&D. These cysts are typically removed surgically, either as an outpatient or inpatient.

Contact us

In case of urgent medical care assistance, AfterOurs Urgent Care offers immediate telemedicine services, where medical providers are available to offer assistance. Anyone who experiences signs and symptoms requiring urgent medical attention can simply book their appointment with AfterOurs Urgent Care to directly talk to an expert. If your medical issue is not appropriate for telemedicine, we will let you know and refer you to an in-person facility.

When to visit a doctor:

If you have a cyst, that you think needs immediate medical assistance, it is best to consult with a medical professional.

Treatment for cysts is available at AfterOurs Urgent Care.