After surgery to remove a pilonidal (say "py-luh-NY-dul") cyst, your child may feel a little tired and sore. The amount of time it will take for your child to heal depends on the way the surgery was done. If the cut (incision) was closed with stitches, it will probably take about 4 weeks to completely heal. If your child's incision is left open, it may take from a few weeks to several months to heal. After the incision has healed, your child will have a scar. This will fade and become softer with time.
Your child probably had a sedative to help him or her relax. Your child may be unsteady after having sedation. It takes time (sometimes a few hours) for the medicine's effects to wear off. Common side effects include nausea, vomiting, and feeling sleepy or cranky.
Most children can go back to school or daycare after 2 to 4 weeks. Until your child is completely healed, he or she will need to avoid strenuous exercise and activities that require long periods of sitting.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for your child to recover. But each child recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to help your child get better as quickly as possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: October 13, 2016
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
& Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & David Messenger, BSc, MD, FRCPC, FCCP - Emergency Medicine, Critical Care Medicine
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