A pilonidal abscess can be painful and even embarrassing. At times, the growth can become such a hindrance that both walking and sitting are unbearably painful. Luckily, the Pilonidal Cyst Center of Excellence is here to help. Our expert team of surgeons, led by Allen Kamrava, MD, has decades of experience treating people with pilonidal abscesses (sacrococcygeal fistulas). We pride ourselves on giving all of our patients the quality treatment they need to recover and get back to their everyday lives
Recovery time after cyst surgery varies and can be more difficult for some than others. It’s important to remember that our staff and surgical team are here to help in any way possible. We’ve created this page to help spell out what to expect during the pilonidal cyst recovery process. If you have additional questions, don’t hesitate to contact our colorectal specialists for a consultation.
Please visit WebMD’s page about pilonidal cysts to learn more about this colorectal condition.
Recovering From Pilonidal Abscess
One of the advantages of undergoing pilonidal abscess removal surgery is that the procedure does not take very long. Patients can expect for the procedure to last anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour, depending on the size and severity of the cyst/abscess. Additionally, the procedure is normally performed on an outpatient basis, allowing patients to return home the same day. Some patients do opt to stay over night in order to ensure that everything goes smoothly. The decision to go home or stay overnight rests with the patient and doctor.
There are several different types of surgeries used to treat sacrococcygeal fistulas. The most commonly utilized requires that the wound be left open and packed over a period of several weeks. Several investigational studies have demonstrated the average time to healing with this open technique to be anywhere between 6 to 21 weeks.
Due to the extended and difficult pilonidal abscess recovery process, Dr. Kamrava has been a strong advocate of utilizing advanced techniques adapted from the field of plastic surgery. These procedures utilize native and adjacent skin to close the defects, allowing our patients to go home with closed wound. Numerous investigational studies have demonstrated that the advanced flap techniques, aside from having the shortest recovery, also have the lowest recurrence and wound failure rates.
Your doctor will prescribe medication, which should be taken only as directed and when needed, to help with any pain. The entire recovery period is variable and depends on a number of factors, including the patient’s age, overall health, diet, and the severity of the cyst. That said, it’s normal for recovery to take anywhere from one to two weeks until full movement is regained. It’s important to remember that during the recovery period, the patient must not lift anything heavy or be excessively physical in any way. Keep in mind that the initial recovery phase is a huge determinant of the overall success of the procedure.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How long does the recovery process usually take?
A: Recovery depends on the extent of treatment and normally lasts between one and two weeks.
Q: What can I do to ensure a full recovery?
A: Regardless of the procedure you have undergone, it’s always important to keep the area clean. You can also take regular sitz baths to soak the area in warm water. If an open technique was utilized, be sure to regularly re-pack the area with clean gauze. Also, be sure not to lift any heavy objects in the weeks following the surgery.
Q: How long do the procedures take?
A: Depending on the technique, you cyst removal surgery can last anywhere from one hour to about 1 and a half hours.
Q: Will I have to stay overnight while I recover or can I go home?
A: That is up to you and your doctor. Many of these surgeries are outpatient procedures that allow the patient to go home the same day.
Call Us Today to Start Your Recovery
The Pilonidal Cyst Center of Excellence is here to help. We are experts at treating individuals with pilonidal abscesses who need care. Dr. Kamrava and his world-class team of colorectal surgeons look forward to helping you or someone you know get the relief they need to improve quality of life. Please contact us today at 888.397.7135.
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