Pilonidal (say "py-luh-NY-dul") cyst excision is a type of surgery. It removes a cyst at the top of the crease of your child's rear end (buttocks).
A cyst is a sac filled with fluid. The doctor makes a cut to remove the cyst and some of the tissue around it. This cut is called an incision. The doctor may close this incision with stitches. A closed incision usually takes about 4 weeks to heal. Or the doctor might leave it open to heal. Some open incisions take a few weeks to heal. Others can take several months. Either way, your child's incision will leave a scar that will fade over time.
Your child may go home several hours after surgery. Or he or she may need to spend the night at the hospital.
After 2 to 4 weeks, most children can do most of their normal activities. But it's important that your child not sit for a long time or do any type of hard or challenging exercise until he or she is fully healed.
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.
Surgery can be stressful both for your child and for you. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your child's surgery.
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Current as of: October 5, 2017
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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