The Truth about Pilonidal Cysts

“What’s that bump on my tailbone that my doctor just called a cyst?  Is it tailbone pain? Is it an infection? Was I born with it? Do I need surgery?”

Well for one thing, if you’ve been told that you have a pilonidal cyst, there is no congenital cyst.  Your tailbone is not directly involved. It is an infection. You were not born with it. If it persists, recurs, frequently causes you symptoms, or limits your activity you might need an operation.

Please be careful in choosing what operation to have and which surgeon to have perform that operation.  Please choose a surgeon with significant experience. Please explore our Pilonidal Surgery FAQ for advice on the type of questions one should ask when discussing the surgical care of pilonidal disease.  And strongly consider traveling to have your operation performed by someone who treats pilonidal disease frequently.

Pilonidal Disease: An Explainer

If you are reading this website, you are probably looking for a better way to treat your pilonidal disease. Please our patient explainer.

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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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