I went through Dr. Sternberg’s pilonidal cyst surgery over two years ago and I am very happy I made that decision. I was dealing with the issue for months.
I went to Kaiser initially to see if they could remove it, but their suggested surgery required making a very deep cut, the recovery time was extremely high, and there was no confidence or assurance that the surgery would actually prevent the issue from recurring. I decided not to go through with it and ended up changing my insurance to a PPO insurance so I could try doctors outside of Kaiser.
After dealing with the leaking and pain of sitting down for nearly a year, I decided I needed to do something. I found out about Dr. Sternberg online, and after reading about his procedure, how it was different from the traditional surgeries suggested by other doctor, and reading some testimonials, I decided to make an appointment. I met with Dr. Sternberg who only saw me for a short visit, and then I setup my surgery date.
This was my first surgery ever and I was definitely nervous, but all I remember was meeting the anesthesiologist (I dont even remember being knocked out) and then waking up moments later with the surgery completed. I had taken the rest of the week off from work and spent about 5 days recovering and not really leaving my house. I also bought a seat cushion that I used for the next couple of weeks when sitting (and I used a standing desk at work so that I wouldn’t need to sit too much when coming back initially).
Overall it was a great success, I never had to deal with another issue, and other than a little scar, there is no signs of the surgery. I was back to normal (going to the gym, doing squats, ect) within no time. I don’t know why other doctors do not do this surgery, but I think it should become the norm since the results have been great for me and from the assurance that this surgery has a high probability of working. I am so happy I did not decide to try the other surgeries initially especially after reading others who faced issues with it and I would highly recommend Dr. Sternberg to anyone who has a pilonidal cyst.
– Martin F.
Read success stories from surgery patients
- ‘I’m back to doing my daily activities again and even more’I honestly have no clue where to start. But long story short, the first time I started to notice my problem with Pilonidal Disease was back in December of 2018. Went to urgent care the next day and all theyContinue reading “‘I’m back to doing my daily activities again and even more’”
- Patient Prep: Traveling to San Francisco for Pilonidal care during COVID-19This has been a difficult eight months for all of us. The time has been particularly challenging for patients with Pilonidal Disease, particularly those who must to travel outside of their local medical community to find a surgeon who canContinue reading “Patient Prep: Traveling to San Francisco for Pilonidal care during COVID-19”
- ‘The “Guru” of pilonidal disease’Dr. Sternberg saved my son from years of problems and potential surgeries! He is an amazing doctor and we feel so fortunate to have been referred to him. My 16-year-old son had pilonidal disease and was treated at Urgent CareContinue reading “‘The “Guru” of pilonidal disease’”
Contact our San Francisco Office
To learn more about treating your Pilonidal Disease with surgery and the Cleft Lift procedure, contact our office staff for information or to schedule an appointment.
Did Dr. Sternberg treat your pilonidal disease? Submit a Patient Testimonial
Mon – Friday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Member of ASCRS, Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation,
American College of Surgeons, and Pilonidal Support Alliance