The thought of surgery can intimidate many people and lead to some concerns about recovery. The Pilonidal Cyst Center of Excellence conducts surgery as an out-patient procedure, which typically takes about 30 minutes to an hour. The length of pilonidal surgery and pilonidal surgery recovery depends on the severity of the patient’s abscess, the surgical method used, and the patient’s lifestyle

What is Required for Successful Surgery Recovery?

Patients can help with successful surgery recovery by following this post-operative advice:

  • Keep the wound clean
  • Change gauze bandages (in open wound surgery cases)
  • Soak in warm sitz bath
  • Avoid lifting heavy objects
  • Refraining from strenuous physical activity

A helpful practice for surgical recovery is removing hair around the cyst site. The area can be maintained by shaving off the hair or using laser hair removal.

How Does the Type of Surgical Procedure Affect Pilonidal Abscess Recovery?

There is a correlation with the type of surgical procedure performed and pilonidal surgery recovery. The older techniques use an open-wound method that removes the cyst but leaves the incision area open to heal. This approach can take up to four weeks for complete pilonidal surgery recovery. Plus, there are concerns of the incision site getting infected or experiencing a recurrence of the cyst if the incision site isn’t properly maintained.

Pilonidal surgery recovery takes much less time for patients at our colorectal center. Since we use the most advanced treatment techniques, we can help reduce a patient’s recovery time. One of our procedures is a sophisticated surgical method that removes the entire cyst then covers it with tissue from surrounding skin. Recovery time is reduced from one to two weeks, much less than the open-wound approach.

Contact Our Colorectal Experts Today

If a shorter recovery sounds appealing and fits better with your schedule, please contact our surgery center in Los Angeles today to schedule your consultation. Call 888-397-7135 today to learn about your treatment options. We’ll discuss what is best for you.

Next, read our blog, Treatment for a Pilonidal Cyst.