COVID-19 Update from Dr. Jeffrey Sternberg, President of The Sternberg Clinic

Dr. Jeffrey Sternberg and his staff

The COVID-19 outbreak has been a sobering situation for all of us in the United States and the world at large. These are unprecedented times, and we all are experiencing information overload. From all of us at The Sternberg Clinic we hope that you and your loved ones are healthy and sheltering safely at home.

As you may or may not be aware, all elective and non-urgent surgery has been halted in the United States. The media is suggesting that non-urgent surgery is resuming.  Unfortunately, this is not exactly the case.  Our surgery center is restricted to operating at 25% of its typical capacity as all patients and staff must socially distance, making efficient operations a challenge.  In addition, travel in the US is far from returning to pre-pandemic availability.  There are other obstacles to returning to the normal cadence of our practice and we will spare you.

So, right now and at least until August 1, 2020 The Sternberg Clinic is not open for business.  We are more than happy to answer any questions that you may have about pilonidal issues and the Cleft Lift procedures and have started a wait list for patients interested in surgery.  We are so very sorry about how this crisis is affecting you and all of us.

How to Manage Pilonidal Disease without Surgery

But we at The Sternberg Clinic are still here for you. What can you do and how can we help during this COVID-19 outbreak? If you’ve found this website because you are suffering from Pilonidal Disease and are looking for solutions you’ve come to the right place.

Read through our library of expert content for managing Pilonidal Disease, and browse through our patient stories and testimonials.

If you have been experiencing a chronic problem and want to schedule surgery in the future, please see the “how to become a patient” page of our website. Instructions on the page will tell you what we need to evaluate your situation. Please remember to send us photos as directed by the link.


Pilonidal Podcast: Dr. Sternberg explores the disease in 3 min. or less. Ep. 1: What is Pilonidal Disease?

Hosted by Dr. Jeffrey Sternberg, MD, FACS, FASCRS
Founder of The Sternberg Clinic for Pilonidal Surgery in San Francisco, California

Listen to the Full Audio Series

If you are in significant discomfort from a pilonidal abscess (the area is swollen and maybe red) you likely need to have a doctor drain it. Consider going to a local emergency room or urgent care or even better, a surgeon’s office if you have access to one.

Please don’t settle for an operation that you don’t feel comfortable with. There is never any reason to have an urgent or semi-urgent operation for Pilonidal Disease. Students often come down with their first pilonidal problem the beginning of Freshman year and we typically wait until the end of the academic year in May or June to operate. So, don’t rush. The Sternberg Clinic will open its doors as soon as we are safely allowed, and travel restrictions are lifted.

So please be patient and reach out to us if you have questions. We will always be here for you. Contact The Sternberg Clinic in San Francisco, CA

Meet Your Surgeon, Dr. Jeffrey Sternberg

After many years performing major abdominal operations including open and laparoscopic resections for colon cancer, rectal cancer, Crohn’s disease, and Ulcerative colitis, I have chosen to concentrate my efforts in a few highly specialized areas of surgery where I feel I can make the greatest positive impact on patients.

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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.

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