A pilonidal cyst is an infection that comes from an ingrown hair that has become embedded in the skin of the gluteal cleft, which is above the buttocks. When the hair is pushed further into the skin, the area becomes inflamed and infected. A cyst then develops and irritation from extended sitting, walking, driving, and clothing inflicts discomfort and impairs daily living.
A recurring pilonidal cyst can develop when a patient doesn’t follow good post-operative practices or when the first treatment didn’t completely remove the infection. Some practitioners use the older “open wound” surgical technique for pilonidal cysts, which demands diligent post-operative care by patients. Because of this, the open wound technique has a higher risk of recurring pilonidal cyst.
How Can I Prevent a Recurring Pilonidal Cyst?
The best chances of preventing a recurring pilonidal cyst is an effective first treatment. Many of the older treatment practices have a greater risk of recurring pilonidal cysts. One of these involves cyst removal in which the incision site isn’t closed. Instead, the wound is left open, requiring the patient to keep the area clean and protected with fresh gauze. Not only does this prolong recovery, but it also increases the possibility of infection.
What Treatments Are Used for a Recurring Pilonidal Cyst?
Recurring pilonidal cysts are treated the same way as a first-time pilonidal cyst, for which there are several options. Complete cyst excision and wound closure is an advanced procedure that can be used to treat recurring pilonidal cysts. This procedure effectively removes the cyst and covers the incision area with the surrounding skin. It has the advantage of reducing the risk of a recurring pilonidal cyst and wound infection. Recovery time for patients is quicker with only one to two weeks typically needed.
Ask Our Recurring Pilonidal Cyst Experts How We Can Help You
If you have a recurring pilonidal cyst and seek a treatment to remove it once and for all, please contact the Pilonidal Cyst Surgical Center Los Angeles today to schedule your consultation. Call 888-397-7135 to learn about your treatment options.
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