I was operated on for a Perianal Abscess about 5 years ago, I thought it was a boil and would heal itself and so delayed going to the doctor. I was operated on the same day as seeing the doctor.
The following morning the surgeon said he had put 3 packings into the wound, and to make sure they took 3 out. When the nurse removed the packing I asked her if she had removed 3 and she said no there were only 2 - she rechecked and found the other 1.
The wound was packed and unpacked for the next few months until the entrance of the wound closed. Since then the abscess has recurred every 3-4 months, I have a few days of mild pain, followed by a few days of severe pain till the abscess bursts.
I havn't had a recurrence for about 6 months, but for about the last 3 weeks I've had the mild pain, without it developing into the severe pain.
During the long period of packing/unpacking various nurses were involved. I'm wondering whether packing could have been left in the wound (the packing was a long thin white material), preventing it from healing.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.