Pilonidal Surgery in New York City, Coming later in 2020

If you’re from the East Coast and you or a loved one suffers from Pilonidal Disease (often called a pilonidal cyst, but incorrectly so); you want to find the best possible surgical solution for your pilonidal issue.  The Cleft Lift procedure is the best choice for those patients who require surgery, and the method used to treat patients at The Sternberg Clinic for Pilonidal Surgery in San Francisco.  

You may not need to travel all the way to San Francisco to consult with Dr. Sternberg about your Pilonidal Disease.  He is exploring the opportunity to perform the Cleft Lift procedure in midtown Manhattan.  The pandemic has delayed these plans. The earliest this could happen would be late 2021 if there is demand.  Please visit the traveling for surgery page to learn how to inquire about the cleft lift procedure and to learn what information you will need to send us to evaluate your case. 

Treating Pilonidal Disease with The Cleft Lift Procedure

While many doctors refer to surgery for this condition as pilonidal cyst surgery, calling pilonidal disease a pilonidal cyst disease is incorrect.  There is no cyst (an epithelial lined sac).  Pilonidal disease is simply an infection (abscess) under the surface of the skin by one’s tailbone.

The cleft lift procedure is a state of the art flap procedure for pilonidal disease requiring surgery.  Dr. Sternberg of The Sternberg Clinic is one of the few surgeons in the United States, to regularly perform this life improving operation which cures most every patient.   In Dr. Sternberg’s last 757 cases there have been only 6 patients requiring repeat operations.  That’s far fewer than a 1% rate of requiring a repeat operation.  No one else performing pilonidal surgery reports such laudable results. All these patients have been re-operated and are well, so the cleft lift procedure is curative.

Pilonidal disease (pilonidal cyst) is common in young people, especially those who sustain trauma to their backsides.  During World War II, pilonidal cysts/pilonidal disease was called Jeep Disease as young adults riding in Jeep’s with poor suspensions repeatedly traumatized their natal clefts (backsides) and developed pilonidal disease.  Surgical intervention during WWII was so damaging that it was eventually outlawed by the military and pilonidal/pilonidal cyst disease became the number one reason for medical discharge from the military during this period.  It’s incomprehensible that many surgeons are still recommending and performing the same barbaric wide-excisional procedures today with a >30% recurrence rate.  Even if these operations eventually heal, they do so only after many months of disability and wound care.

Unlike wide excisional procedures mentioned above, the cleft lift procedure is an elegant flap procedure from which patients recover rapidly, the aftercare is simple, there is no wound packing, and most patients can return to sports in a little over a week or two.  Most importantly, the recurrence is exceedingly low.


We look forward to taking great care of you in San Francisco or elsewhere.

All inquiries, surgery scheduling, and correspondences should be directed to my experienced staff at the San Francisco office (info@thesternbergclinic.com, 415.417.3377).

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