Anyone have a drain installed for an abscess? how long did you have it and what was the outcome. I had an abscess and had surgery and now have this drain in and out of me. I have a follow up in 3 weeks...what the hell. The nurse told me that probably a minimum of 6 weeks or forever. Depending on the fistula ( didn't know I had one). There are a couple of procedures that can be done. I was told I can go back to work as long as I am not  on the meds anymore. I feel Ok, aside from this damn red fuel line going in and out of my anus. I work 12 hour shifts and don't think using the bathroom at work will be pleasant. At home I have a cheap bidet I put in from my hemorrhoidectomy last year. I am not sure whats holding this drain in place, and am afraid that a solid bowel movement will force it out. I guess I know more in  3 weeks during my follow up. I was just hoping someone may have some experience to share.