Pilonidal Disease: The Blog

Pilonidal Disease: The Blog

Short Advice Articles, Brief Updates

Occasional posts from Dr. Sternberg and the staff at the Sternberg Clinic. We are on a mission to educate the medical community and patients about the best outcomes for Pilonidal Disease utilizing the Cleft Lift Procedure.

Underappreciated and Misunderstood

Pilonidal disease is a common condition affecting perhaps 1% of the young population in the United States.  Few medical practitioners appreciate the prevalence of this condition, and it is surprising how misunderstood this condition is by medical providers including surgeons. Way too…

Dr. Sternberg Awarded Top Doctor

Our commitment to successful outcomes for patients with Pilonidal Disease has been recognized by Castle Connolly again in 2023. After being nominated by other doctors, Dr. Sternberg has been awarded “Top Doctor” status. This means that Dr. Sternberg, and the Sternberg Clinic,…

Dr. Sternberg Paper Published

Dr. Sternberg’s paper has been published in the Seminars in Colon and Rectal Surgery journal. The Cleft Lift procedure for pilonidal disease renamed as rotation and advancement flap procedure (RAF): Insights and technical tips for a successful outcome is available online here.…

Is Surgery Inevitable for Pilonidal Disease

Clearly, if you develop pilonidal disease, you would like to avoid surgery if possible.  Surgical avoidance, however, may not be completely under your control.  For early, mild pilonidal disease with a small pit or two and occasional pain, surgery may not be…

Living with an open wound since early in the pandemic

I’m 18 and from Seattle, Washington. When we went on lock-down in March of 2020, I began to sit for hours at a time, studying, reading, and eventually Zoom schooling.  I first realized that something was wrong when I developed a painful…

Draining a Pilonidal Abscess: Controversies and Best Practices

Draining a pilonidal abscess (I&D) should be in the bag of tricks of any emergency room, urgent care doctor, or surgeon.  But the practice is very variable, and many patients have unsatisfactory experiences.  Here are the main issues, and I will say this is…

I am on a mission to educate patients and the surgical community

Many surgeons choose to treat pilonidal patients with disfiguring, wide-excisional operations hoping to completely remove the elusive cyst. The problem is that many of these radical operations for pilonidal disease: 1) often don’t work and can lead to a recurrence as they…

How do we Teach Proper Pilonidal Surgery Technique? 

It’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks!  And it’s a challenge to get surgeons to change the way they treat a particular condition after residency training.  Surgeons are trained by their mentors to do things in a certain way.  Most are wedded to…

How do you know if a surgeon is a pilonidal expert?

Few surgeons truly have a desire or interest in taking care of pilonidal patients and many of their operations make the problem worse.   Not everyone should be performing the cleft lift.  It is technically demanding, requires good three-dimensional planning, and adequate…

I’m a gamer! Why does my butt hurt so bad?

If you spend hours sitting in front of a computer monitor or TV screen playing video games, you’re at risk of developing a common pain in your butt better known in the medical community as Pilonidal Disease (aka Pilonidal Cyst).  Patients suffering…

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