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Dr. Allen Kamrava
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What is the definition or description of: incision and drainage of pilonidal cyst?

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

Temporizing Treatmen: Incision and drainage is when a physician makes a specific type of incision to remove the pus inside a pilonidal cyst. This is not a cure for pilonidal disease. It is a temporizing treatment to remove the active infection. To cure the disease, a subsequent surgery must be done once all the inflammation has subsided. ...Read more

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Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more


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

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

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Dr. John Hunter
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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?

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

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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!

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

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How does pilonidal cyst drainage and surgery work?

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

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

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

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What is a pilonidal cyst?

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

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Dr. Mark Kuhnke
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Will i be able to drain a pilonidal cyst at home?

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

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Discharge (Definition)

Discharge can be a noun or a verb; it has multiple meanings in physics, chemistry, military, and legal usage. The most common medical meaning is a substance that is being excreted. Examples: pus is the discharge from a pimple; a vaginal discharge can mean infection; an ear discharge can mean an infection of the outer ear tract; a nasal discharge ...Read more


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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


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