Marsupialization of a Bartholin's cyst or abscess
The Bartholin's glands lie at the entrance to the
secrete mucus. The duct to a gland can become blocked
causing a small swelling called a cyst. If this cyst becomes
infected, an abscess containing pus forms.
A 'marsupialization', which simply means to form
is performed to allow the mucus secreted by the gland to
The operation is performed under a general
anaesthetic, sometimes as an emergency procedure,
and takes 10-15 minutes.
During surgery a small 'wick' of cotton gauze will
be inserted into the cyst cavity to help the gland drain
prevent the cavity from healing over. This 'wick' will
removed the following day.
There will be some discomfort following surgery
be controlled with pain killers.
The average hospital stay is 24-48 hours and normal
activities can usually be resumed within 2-3 days.