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Do I need to treat my Pilonidal

A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Immerman
44 years experience General Surgery
Cleft-lift surgery: The most definitive operation for pilonidal disease is the cleft-lift. It has a very low recurrence rate, and a high percentage of primary healing. Ho ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jan Rakinic
37 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Shaving, surgery: Uncomplicated cysts can often be managed with shaving the area. Dislodged hairs that work into the cyst cause the infection. Of course, some folks who ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Fung
Dr. John Fung answered
38 years experience General Surgery
Depends on severity: A pilonidal cyst is a cyst or abscess near or on the upper portion of the cleft of the buttocks that often contains hair and/or dead skin. Treatment ... Read More
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Diane Minich
36 years experience Family Medicine
A surgeon: Can remove the cyst in many cases. Any doctor can i;d it.
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
46 years experience Family Medicine
Tracking: may be referring to extension of the cyst or abscess into surrounding tissues. Treatment depend on the severity of the extension: either prescription ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Zadeh
16 years experience General Surgery
Pilonidal Sinus: Unfortunately, the only way to completely remove a pilonidal sinus is by having surgery. Without surgery to remove it, the pilonidal cyst and sinus ca ... Read More
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Dr. Amit Bhavsar
20 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
No: If this is really a pilonidal cyst, it needs to be incised and drained and washed out. There are foreign objects inside the cyst (usually ingrown hai ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
60 years experience Internal Medicine
Pneumonia: Bacterial and fungal pneumonias are treatable but primary viral pneumonias are often resistant to treatments like antibiotics or antiviral medications ... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Troy Reyna
43 years experience Pediatric Surgery
Yes: If caught early and the type of histology is favorable it is totally treated with very high success rate.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rifat Naghmi
45 years experience Internal Medicine
Pilonidal: No, you should be worried when it hurts and you notice any discharge.

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