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This Came Out of Me: Buttocks abscess is drained for THIRTY MINUTES in new Quest Red medical series

A gruesome new medical programme showed stomach-churning scenes of a painful buttock abscess being drained for half an hour.  

Footage shot for Quest Red’s new medical show, This Came Out Of Me, showed Texas-based doctor Petter Vaagenes treating a patient who came in with an abscess which had taken root in his left buttock.   

Willis, 35, had been putting off visiting the SignatureCare’s Odessa clinic with the sensitive medical problem, which had been triggered by a bacterial infection. 

Both Dr Vaagenes and Dr Rose warned that if left untreated, abscesses can cause serious health complications, and could even be fatal if infection spreads to the bloodstream. 

Footage shot for Quest Red’s new medical show, This Came Out Of Me, showed Texas-based patient Willia, 35, having an abscess which had taken root in his left buttock being drained

The gruesome new medical programme showed stomach-churning scenes of the painful buttock abscess being drained for half an hour

The gruesome new medical programme showed stomach-churning scenes of the painful buttock abscess being drained for half an hour 

Dr Rose explained that abscesses are small, localised infections that can cause a patient an enormous amount of pain.  

‘An abscess is triggered by a bacterial infection,’ she said. ‘Sometimes they’re caused by an infected hair follicle or sweat gland, or maybe there is a break in the skin that allows bacteria to enter the body, and then the infection goes wild. 

‘If you let an infection go too long, you could die if it enters into your bloodstream and spreads through your body. 

‘Antibiotic-resident infections kill over 35,000 Americans every year. That’s about one person every 15 minutes.’

Dr Rose warned that if left untreated, abscesses can cause serious health complications, and could even be fatal if infection spreads to the bloodstream

Dr Rose warned that if left untreated, abscesses can cause serious health complications, and could even be fatal if infection spreads to the bloodstream

Willis had been putting off treatment of the sensitive medical problem, which had been triggered by a bacterial infection, before visiting the SignatureCare's Odessa clinic

Willis had been putting off treatment of the sensitive medical problem, which had been triggered by a bacterial infection, before visiting the SignatureCare’s Odessa clinic 

After meeting Willis, Dr Vaagenes started by examining the infected area and formulating a plan of action to treat his patient. 

With his patient laid face-down on the bed, Dr Vaagenes cleaned the area with povidone-iodine, a topical antiseptic solution used to prepare the skin for small procedures. 

Dr Vaagenes then injected Willis with a local anaesthetic and made his first incision.

‘As soon as Dr Vaagenes makes his incision, it doesn’t take long for the waterworks!’ Dr Rose said. ‘As the scalpel pierces Willis’ skin, a massive gush of putrid pus seeps out of the wound, covering the doctor’s fingers and his medical equipment!’

With the pus pouring out, Dr Vaagenes warned: ‘You’re going to smell a little odour here, okay? When you get an infection like that, you get a significant smell that can be a little uncomfortable.’  

After meeting Willis, Dr Vaagenes started by examining the infected area and formulating a plan of action to treat his patient

After meeting Willis, Dr Vaagenes started by examining the infected area and formulating a plan of action to treat his patient

With his patient laid face-down on the bed, Dr Vaagenes cleaned the area with povidone-iodine before he injected Willis with a local anaesthetic and made his first incision

With his patient laid face-down on the bed, Dr Vaagenes cleaned the area with povidone-iodine before he injected Willis with a local anaesthetic and made his first incision

Dr Rose explained that the potent smell comes from a build of us pus in the cavity created by the abscess. 

‘Bacterial infections can develop into an abscess, and when bacteria take residence in the body the immune system fires off white blood cells to fight off that infection,’ she said. 

‘The surrounding tissue dies off, the infection site swells up and the cavity forms filled with pus. And that’s your abscess, and the pus is basically a gooey cocktail of that dead tissue, white blood cells and bacteria.’

As Dr Vaagenes continued he explained: ‘These have the tendency to wall themselves off a little bit, so we’ve got to go in and then kind of break up all those little what we call loculations. 

‘You can see quite a bit of pus coming out. This is another waterfall; the gift that keeps on giving!’

The doctor described the pus coming out of the abscess as 'a waterfall' and a 'gift that keeps on giving'

The doctor described the pus coming out of the abscess as ‘a waterfall’ and a ‘gift that keeps on giving’ 

With the pus pouring out, Dr Vaagenes warned: 'You're going to smell a little odour here, okay? When you get an infection like that, you get a significant smell that can be a little uncomfortable'

With the pus pouring out, Dr Vaagenes warned: ‘You’re going to smell a little odour here, okay? When you get an infection like that, you get a significant smell that can be a little uncomfortable’ 

After nearly half an hour of draining Willis' abscess, Dr Vaagenes irrigated the area and explained to Willis that the wound will need to be packed in order to keep any other infections at bay

After nearly half an hour of draining Willis’ abscess, Dr Vaagenes irrigated the area and explained to Willis that the wound will need to be packed in order to keep any other infections at bay

After nearly half an hour of draining Willis’ abscess, Dr Vaagenes irrigated the area and explained to Willis that the wound will need to be packed in order to keep any other infections at bay. 

‘Packing the cavity with gauze will help soak up any remaining pus, prevent infection and stops the incision from closing so that the abscess can continue to drain,’ Dr Rose said. 

With the procedure coming to a close, Dr Vaagenes prescribed his patient a course for oral antibiotics and patched him up. 

‘The risk is that the infection goes into the bloodstream, his heart rate goes up and his blood pressure drops,’ he said. 

‘That’s the end of any potential infection where the patient becomes septic and very, very sick. That is potentially lethal.’ 

And no one was more relieved than Willis himself, with the patient saying: ‘I was in some serious pain, and as soon as he started, I got to feeling better. Just like a pressure relief, because everything was really tight and uncomfortable.’

This Came Out Of Me airs 10pm Tuesdays on Quest Red

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