Pilonidal cysts (also known as pilonidal abscesses and sacrococcygeal fistulas) can be debilitating, affecting every aspect of a patient’s life. Movement becomes impaired and simple, everyday tasks can become virtually impossible. However, with the right diagnosis, supervision, and treatment, a patient can get back to living a normal, healthy life. Still, it’s important to understand that treatments are not full proof and pilonidal cyst recurrence is a possibility.
The Pilonidal Cyst Center of Excellence exists to make sure that cyst recurrence does not happen, and our priority is doing the best job we can the first time a patient has a procedure. Allen Kamrava, MD, an expert in pilonidal cyst treatment and removal, leads our experienced and distinguished team of colorectal experts to ensure the highest quality care for everyone who steps through our doors. If you or someone you know is suffering from a pilonidal cyst, please call us at 888.397.7135 for a consultation about what can be done to treat your condition.
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Pilonidal Abscess Recurrence
To understand why recurrence happens, it’s important to understand first how a cyst occurs. A sacrococcygeal fistula develops around the gluteal cleft at the tailbone, and is the result of hair that is pushed back into the skin, causing irritation, redness, and inflammation. As the hair is pushed farther in, it creates a cyst, which can be further irritated by a number of external factors, including driving, sitting, walking, and certain clothing.
Older techniques for treating tailbone abscesses have been faulted with high wound complication rates and recurrence rates. Although modern techniques are technically more challenging and require advanced training, these new techniques have minimized wound complications and cyst recurrences. Our center has focused on provided patients with current advanced treatment techniques to minimize the number of patients who experience a recurrence.
It’s important to remember that preventing recurrence also requires that patients to be careful during the recovery period. Patients who undergo surgery must be diligent when cleaning the cavity, swapping out gauze, and avoid irritating the wound. Immediately after surgery, patients will need to rest, refrain from lifting anything heavy, and, for a few days, remain sedentary.
What Happens During a Recurrance?
If a pilonidal abscess recurs after treatment, it’s important to immediately see your doctor. Although recurrence is common, supervision by an experienced doctor is the best way to ensure that your cyst doesn’t come back. If n abscess is severe enough, patients usually undergo surgery again with the aim of preventing any further recurrences.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why does a pilonidal abscess recur?
A: A pilonidal abscess recurs for the same reasons it initially appears; hairs get pushed underneath the surface of the skin, irritating it, and eventually create a cyst.
Q: What can I do to ensure that a cyst doesn’t happen again?
A: Diligently follow your doctor’s instructions and be sure to keep the area clean. It can also help to remove any hair around the area by either shaving it or getting laser hair removal.
Q: What happens if my abscess recurrs?
A: Most of the time, patients will have to undergo surgery again to ensure that an abscess is entirely removed.
Q: Are there any signs I should be aware of?
A: Patients should periodically check their lower back to make sure a sacrococcygeal fistula isn’t developing again. Be on the lookout for sudden swelling, redness, and/or pain in the tailbone area.
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Pilonidal cyst recurrence can be an especially frustrating process, especially after undergoing surgery for the first time. Our team understands that life with a cyst is far from pleasant, and we are here to help. We encourage you to contact our Los Angeles-based office today at 888.397.7135 to book your appointment and talk with one of our experts. With one phone call, you can improve your quality of life.
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