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Doctor insights on: Pilonidal Cyst Surgery Scar

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Is it okay to have pilonidal cyst surgery with a cold?

Is it okay to have pilonidal cyst surgery with a cold?

With any elective: Surgery, you should be in best condition to minimize any chances of complications. Why take any chances with even minor procedures which can still have complications that may be compounded by having an upper respiratory infection that could also be the beginning of something more serious like a pneumonia. ...Read more

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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What is the recovery time for a pilonidal cyst surgery?

What is the recovery time for a pilonidal cyst surgery?

Everyone's different: Most people are pretty sore for 2 weeks than do well. If infected, you may have an open wound and need dressing changes for 6-8 weeks ...Read more

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Subsequent to pilonidal cyst surgery (haven't been able to go number 2)?

Subsequent to pilonidal cyst surgery (haven't been able to go number 2)?

Call your surgeon: How many days post O P, you surgeon will Rx you a laxative, if needed after examination. ...Read more

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Hello Doctor. How much does the pilonidal cyst surgery cost in San Diego?

Hello Doctor. How much does the pilonidal cyst surgery cost in San Diego?

Whatever....: Your insurance allows. MD's no longer control the cost.
Therefore ask your insurance and the surgeons that take that insurance ...Read more

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What pain meds are given for pilonidal cyst surgery?

What pain meds are given for pilonidal cyst surgery?

Many are effective: Like any surgery that involves the skin and subcutaneous tissue alone, many pain meds are effective: oral opiates are often given for the first few days after surgery, but can have side effects including nausea, vomiting, and constipation. Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen are often employed after the first few days. These last may be superior in relieving pain from local tissue swelling. ...Read more

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Still sometimes redness, swelling and pain occurs after six months of pilonidal cyst surgery. Is this recurrence?

Still sometimes redness, swelling and pain occurs after six months of pilonidal cyst surgery. Is this recurrence?

Recurrence: Recurrence is one of the more common problems after pilonidal surgery. Every procedure that we offer for it has this risk.

At 6 months you should be 100% recovered. If this is happening, it sounds like you may have a recurrence.

See your doc for evaluation and possible re-excision. ...Read more

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I need pilonidal cyst surgery. It says the recovery can be a month does that mean I cant do anything during the month? I don't want to ruin my summer

Takes time to heal: Then you plan after summer. Speak to your doctor. Refer A C Rao Cutting seton for pinolidal disease. Techniques Coloprotology Oct08: 10242 ...Read more

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Do pilonidal cyst surgery affect on prostate or any internal organ?

Pilonidal cyst: Surgery usually does not directly affect internal organs. Consult with your surgeon about specific complications. ...Read more

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How long should I wait to smoke marijuana after an excision of a pilonidal cyst surgery?

How long should I wait to smoke marijuana after an excision of a pilonidal cyst surgery?

Forever: No good will come for using the weed. If you have managed without the weed during surgery, it would be a good idea to not get started again. Quit while you are ahead. ...Read more

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How harmful for your health is a surgery for a pilonidal cyst?

If it is just: Drainage, it is not so bad. If this is definitive excision for a recurrent abscess, it can take a few weeks to two months to heal. But surgery is only on skin and subcutaneous tissue and does not involve internal organs, so it is not a dangerous operation. Ask your surgeon for details. ...Read more

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Pilonidal cyst, it was cut open drained packed and has healed. I was unable to get surgery, now there is a lump there. With no insurance what can I do?

Pilonidal cyst, it was cut open drained packed and has healed. I was unable to get surgery, now there is a lump there. With no insurance what can I do?

Avoid hard seats: Avoiding hard surfaces to sit, use a pillow, and keeping the area clean are sterting points. The relapse rate even after surgery is high. I may cost you some money but a visit to a general surgeon may help.
Next year the affordible care act could cost you less per month than an office visit so you should think about signing up and get the care you may need. ...Read more

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About 3 or 4 yrs ago I found that I have a pilonidal cyst, should I have surgery soon?

About 3 or 4 yrs ago I found that I have a pilonidal cyst, should I have surgery soon?

Pilonidal Cyst: If you have discomfort again, go and see a surgeon for it. They tend to come back. When small may disappear by themselves.
Complex or recurrent disease must be treated surgically. Procedures vary from unroofing the sinuses to excision and possible closure with flaps. Larger operations require longer healing times. If the wound is left open, it will require dressing or packing to keep it ok. ...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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Does playing volleyball could be the reason of recurrence of pilonidal cyst after 6 months of surgery?

No: Recurrence is one of the more common problems after pilonidal surgery. Every procedure that we offer for it has this risk.

At 6 months you should be 100% recovered. If this is happening, it sounds like you may have a recurrence.

See your doc for evaluation and possible re-excision. ...Read more

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Hi I had a pilonidal cyst remove surgery and my surgery is closed wound I'm scared. Is closed wound dangerous??? please help me

Hi I had a pilonidal cyst remove surgery and my surgery is closed wound I'm scared. Is closed wound dangerous??? please help me

Have surgeon clarify: When a small pilonidal area is excised it is usually left open to granulate in. Some larger areas are marsupulized (bringing the skin edges down to the bottom of the wound) which partially closes the wound an accelerates wound healing without promoting recurrance or wound infection ...Read more

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I will see a new doc who will determine if surgery for pilonidal cyst is medically necessary. What should I say to convince him? Hurts? Growing?

You don't have to: If doctor finds that you have pilonidal cyst, pain is possibly due to infection, then will recommend you surgical treatment. Some times initial treatment is drainage of abscess (I &D) and antibiotics. ...Read more

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What could cause complications with pilonidal cyst three years after surgery?

Recurrence: Recurrence after pilonidal surgery is not uncommon. It is a known problem with every surgery available for it. ...Read more

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I have a few small fluid-filled lumps around a scar from where I had a pilonidal cyst drained a couple years ago. No sign of cyst beneath skin.

I have a few small fluid-filled lumps around a scar from where I had a pilonidal cyst drained a couple years ago. No sign of cyst beneath skin.

Recurrence?: It could be coming back again. Keep an eye on it, and if they start draining, or especially if the skin gets red, call and be seen by your surgeon or primary care provider. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I had a pilonidal cyst excision in Jan 2013. Over the past 3 days, my scar has become painful and swollen. Could this be a new cyst?

I had a pilonidal cyst excision in Jan 2013. Over the past 3 days, my scar has become painful and swollen. Could this be a new cyst?

Yes: It could be a recurrence of your pilonidal cyst and it seems to be inflamed or infected. A general surgeon is best qualified to evaluate, advise and treat you for this problem, but if you are unable to see one as soon as possible, head to the hospital emergency room and their personnel will contact one if deemed necessary. ...Read more

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My pilonidal cyst scar has cyclically been getting inflamed, bleeding, and healing every few weeks for a few months. What needs to be done to stop it?

My pilonidal cyst scar has cyclically been getting inflamed, bleeding, and healing every few weeks for a few months. What needs to be done to stop it?

See your surgeon: There may be residual cyst or foreign body such as hair strand underneath that cause periodic inflammation and may need to re-excise it. ...Read more

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A couple months ago, my pilonidal cyst scar got inflamed & started bleeding but healed in a week. This cycle keeps repeating every few weeks now.?

A couple months ago, my pilonidal cyst scar got inflamed & started bleeding but healed in a week. This cycle keeps repeating every few weeks now.?

Recurrence?: If your surgery was with in a year or so, make sure it is not recurrence. Go back to your operating surgeon for a check up. ...Read more

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Wide excis. Removal pilonidal cyst 10mos ago. Wound finally closed after 8mos, now has 2 small holes w bridging. Recurring cyst or scar breakdown?

Scar formation: A polo ideal cyst removal with wide excision is most likely scar tissue. See your surgeon he/she may want to see if it is a stitch abscess. Keep the area clean and dry until then. Hope this is helpful. ...Read more

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I may need surgery for a pilonidal cyst but I hate being touched (sensory issues) and I'm terrified of painkillers/pills (past trauma). What do I do?

I may need surgery for a pilonidal cyst but I hate being touched (sensory issues) and I'm terrified of painkillers/pills (past trauma). What do I do?

You can suffer...: Life is all about choices. If you need surgery and are not on the list for divine intervention, you'll have to settle for the doctor. As for pain meds, again, you can choose, but your body will heal faster if you can rest and sleep--not likely to happen if you are in pain. Sounds like you should seek counseling first--so long as cyst is not badly infected. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have stitches and Dermabond where my pilonidal cyst was. It's been 8 days since the surgery with wide excision & ACell. It itches! What should I do?

I have stitches and Dermabond where my pilonidal cyst was. It's been 8 days since the surgery with wide excision & ACell. It itches! What should I do?

Healing: You had a pilonidal cyst removal. Now 8 days later there is itching. This is healing so try not to scratch the area. You might put bacteria in the incision from your fingers. The itching will stop. Over time it might get easier to divert your mind. ...Read more

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What can happen if there was trauma to post-surgery pilonidal cyst?

What can happen if there was trauma to post-surgery pilonidal cyst?

Depends: Trauma to a post-surgical pilonidal site can have various consequences depending on the type of surgery performed. If the wound was sutured closed, it may reopen (dehisce), and then drain fluid and possible get infected. If the wound was already open, there would be simply local effects related to the extent of the trauma. ...Read more

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During a pilonidal cyst removal surgery, am I going to be awake or under anesthesia?

During a pilonidal cyst removal surgery, am I going to be awake or under anesthesia?

Either: Can conceivably be done with either regional or general anesthesia. Check with your surgeon. ...Read more

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I was referred to a surgeon for my first painful pilonidal cyst that was draining fluid. It's not draining/painful anymore. Is surgery necessary?

I was referred to a surgeon for my first painful pilonidal cyst that was draining fluid. It's not draining/painful anymore. Is surgery necessary?

Recurrence: Have a surgical evaluation. See what you our options & risks are. True pilonidal ctsrs may not resolve without eventual surgery. Observation & antibiotics can be tried with mixed results. ...Read more

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I have pilonidal cyst that gets infected. What happens if I don't have the surgery? Or I have the surgery, what happens? Will I about able to walk etc

I have pilonidal cyst that gets infected. What happens if I don't have the surgery? Or I have the surgery, what happens? Will I about able to walk etc

Improvement: pilonidal cyst will continue to get infected over time. With surgery the infection is much less likely, but it can recur. Patients describe improved life style and satisfaction. Most are walking around soon after surgery. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Press
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Scarring (Definition)

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Pilonidal Cyst (Definition)

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