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Bartholin's Gland Incision

Bartholin's gland is a part of the female reproductive system, located bilaterally in the lower third of the vulva (pair gland). Its role is to secrete mucus, serving as a lubricant during arousal, thus protecting the highly sensitive area around the vulva. It is similar in size and shape to a pea and cannot be palpable under normal circumstances.

Changes that can affect this gland are often very painful and unpleasant, so it is necessary to seek gynecological help. Inflammation or abscess often occurs after a bacterial infection. The outlet duct of the Bartholin's gland becomes obstructed due to the accumulation of pus in it, leading to redness, swelling, and intense pain. In such situations, it is often necessary to make an incision (cutting) and irrigation, and possibly marsupialization (suturing the edges of the cyst to the skin to allow for unimpeded drainage).

The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia. Additionally, you will be prescribed antibiotic therapy to treat the infection.

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