Rated 5.0/5 based on 29 votes

Top
10
Doctor insights on: Incision And Drainage Pilonidal Cyst

Share
Dr. Zahid Chohan
Board Certified, General Surgery
41 years in practice
4K people helped
1

1
What is the definition or description of: incision and drainage of pilonidal cyst?

Dr. Zahid Chohan
Board Certified, General Surgery
41 years in practice
4K people helped
What is the definition or description of: incision and drainage of pilonidal cyst?

Removal of pus: Opening the top layer of infected pilonidal cyst and draning the contained pus from the cavity of the cyst. ...Read more

Get help from a doctor now ›

85,000 doctors available

Get Treatment for Your Skin Condition Now!

Skin conditions result from a number of factors and can reduce your quality of life. It's important to have a doctor evaluate your condition to ensure it is not something more serious than a minor irritation. At HealthTap, you can connect to a doctor in minutes via chat or video to get peace of mind!

Doctors are standing by 24/7 for advice, treatment or prescriptions. Get help today!

85,000 doctors available

Get Treatment for Your Skin Condition Now!

Skin conditions result from a number of factors and can reduce your quality of life. It's important to have a doctor evaluate your condition to ensure it is not something more serious than a minor irritation. At HealthTap, you can connect to a doctor in minutes via chat or video to get peace of mind!

Doctors are standing by 24/7 for advice, treatment or prescriptions. Get help today!
Dr. Cindy Juster
Board Certified
31 years in practice
2M people helped
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Cindy Juster
Board Certified
31 years in practice
2M people helped
Continue
Dr. Babak Jouhari
53 doctors shared insights

Incision And Drainage (Definition)

A skin abscess is a collection of pus and infected material in or on the skin. The doctor may cut open and drain the abscess, after placing some numbing medicine in the area. Packing material may be left in wound to help it heal and ...Read more


Dr. Thomas Dowling
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
35 years in practice
15M people helped
2

2
How is an incision and drainage of a pilonidal cyst performed?

Dr. Thomas Dowling
Board Certified, Orthopedic Spine Surgery
35 years in practice
15M people helped
How is an incision and drainage of a pilonidal cyst performed?

The two common ways : Are to cut out the entire cyst along with its lining and close it up directly with stitches after thoroughly washing it out or to cut it out entirely but leave it open with packing that needs to be changed and then washed out several times letting it heal from the floor of where the cyst was or use a device known as a woundvac to force it to heal quicker with similar wound care. ...Read more

Get help from a doctor now ›
Dr. Cindy Juster
Board Certified
31 years in practice
2M people helped
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Cindy Juster
Board Certified
31 years in practice
2M people helped
Continue
Dr. John Hunter
Board Certified, General Surgery
8 years in practice
26K people helped
3

3
I might need surgery for a pilonidal cyst, but I'm terrified of surgery. Will there be a big hole or will it just be a small incision?

Dr. John Hunter
Board Certified, General Surgery
8 years in practice
26K people helped
I might need surgery for a pilonidal cyst, but I'm terrified of surgery. Will there be a big hole or will it just be a small incision?

Pilonidal cyst: Pilonidal cysts can vary from very simple and small to large recurrent cysts that are difficult to treat. Depending on the size, they can be completely closed but most surgeons have a low threshold to leave them open and pack them for several weeks (at home) to prevent wound breakdown. Make sure you are treated by an experienced general surgeon. Plastic surgeons may be needed for complex cases. ...Read more

Get help from a doctor now ›
Dr. Addagada Rao
Board Certified, General Surgery
51 years in practice
25M people helped
4

4
Had bascom off midline pit picking with closed incision 4 pilonidal cyst Day 7 post op, a lot of fluid/blood + crusty blood on wound. Normal? Thanks!

Dr. Addagada Rao
Board Certified, General Surgery
51 years in practice
25M people helped
Had bascom off midline pit picking with closed incision 4 pilonidal cyst Day 7 post op, a lot of fluid/blood + crusty blood on wound. Normal? Thanks!

Yes possible: In Bascom technique , a flap is created ,after excision of pilonidal cyst obliterating inter gluteal grove , possible to collect some fluid under the flap , call your doctor for follow up , to check the intactness of flap. ...Read more

Get help from a doctor now ›
Dr. Cindy Juster
Board Certified
31 years in practice
2M people helped
Get help from a specialist now
Continue
Dr. Diane Minich
Board Certified, Family Medicine
32 years in practice
18M people helped
5
Dr. Andres Katz
Board Certified, Vascular Surgery
44 years in practice
303K people helped
6

6
How does pilonidal cyst drainage and surgery work?

Dr. Andres Katz
Board Certified, Vascular Surgery
44 years in practice
303K people helped
How does pilonidal cyst drainage and surgery work?

It depends: All pilonidal cysts are infected to a degree. When there is redness and pus drainage is done. Whe the infection is controlled wide excision is done. Either method carry a 30% recurrence rate. ...Read more

Get help from a doctor now ›
Dr. Satish Sundar
Board Certified, Pediatrics
29 years in practice
516K people helped
7

7
Had pilonidal cyst removal 10 days ago with closure (4 sutures),in last 7 days I had a liquid drainage(my surgeon called seroma).normal?when it stops?

Dr. Satish Sundar
Board Certified, Pediatrics
29 years in practice
516K people helped
Had pilonidal cyst removal 10 days ago with closure (4 sutures),in last 7 days I had a liquid drainage(my surgeon called seroma).normal?when it stops?

Follow up: AS long as it not pus, it is unlikely to be an infection. Fever, pain redness and tenderness, would need an evaluation ...Read more

Get help from a doctor now ›
Dr. Peter Ihle
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
49 years in practice
6M people helped
8

8
One surgeon said lipoma and another said pilonidal cyst? Solid movable lump by tailbone. There's a pit but no drainage. Uninfected pilonidal?

Dr. Peter Ihle
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
49 years in practice
6M people helped

Sounds like a pilo-: -nidal cyst. If there is some swelling there it may B a fatty deposit where the cyst is, or a quiescent area from previous infection. The fact that has a dimple, is the reason it's a pilonidal cyst. If not hot, sore, red, it is best to leave it alone. A surgeon should B who U C 4 this. ...Read more

Get help from a doctor now ›
Dr. Michael Zadeh
Board Certified, General Surgery
12 years in practice
694K people helped
9

9
What is a pilonidal cyst?

Dr. Michael Zadeh
Board Certified, General Surgery
12 years in practice
694K people helped
What is a pilonidal cyst?

Cyst on tailbone: A pilonidal cyst is a cyst that develops in the midline of the tailbone near the cleft of the buttocks. The most accepted theory for the cause of these cysts is the blockage of hair follicles in the skin of the area which creates "pits" in the cleft of the buttocks. As the follicles become clogged with hair and skin debris, cyst formation occurs. ...Read more

Get help from a doctor now ›
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
Board Certified, General Surgery
35 years in practice
1M people helped
10

10
Will i be able to drain a pilonidal cyst at home?

Dr. Mark Kuhnke
Board Certified, General Surgery
35 years in practice
1M people helped

ABSOLUTELY NOT: In case of an infected pilonidal cyst, get thee to a doctor or urgent care center. To attempt an i & d (incision and drainage) by yourself is foolish and dangerous. Good luck. ...Read more

Get help from a doctor now ›
Dr. Allen Kamrava
184 doctors shared insights

Pilonidal Cyst (Definition)

Pilonidal cyst is a pus-filled abscess or sore that develops in the skin over the tail bone. Treatment is ...Read more


Get more personalized answers directly from real doctors!

Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Cindy Juster
Board Certified,
31 years in practice
2M people helped
Continue
85,000 doctors available
Find us on Facebook