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I have pilondial sinus and cyst, how long can i live with it, i had it for 5 years. i heard the surgery is leaving a large open wound? what do i do?

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Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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Surgery the best: The pilonidal will slowly increase and become more bothersome and harder to cure as you delay. Get it operated on now and it will be over and done with
Dr. Steven Immerman
General Surgery 45 years experience
Cleft-lift operation: Although excision with leaving a large open wound is a possible treatment for pilonidal disease, a better option is a cleft lift. It flattens the cleft, removes the disease process, and has an extremely low recurrence rate. Recovery is much simpler and quicker than the open wound procedure.
Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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Or marsuplealization, which heals faster
Aug 27, 2016

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