Pilonidal cyst excision is a type of surgery. It removes a cyst at the top of the crease of your 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 or he or she may leave it open to heal. Some open incisions take a few weeks to heal. Others can take several months. A closed incision usually takes about 4 weeks to heal. Either way, your incision will leave a scar that will fade over time.
You will probably go home several hours after surgery. After 2 to 4 weeks, most people can do most of their normal activities. But it's important not to sit for a long time or do any type of hard or challenging exercise until you are fully healed.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Surgery can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for surgery.
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Current as of: April 18, 2018
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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