“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.
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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- ‘I couldn’t believe that my life was back to normal’I am a 24-year-old recovered patient from the Cleft Lift procedure. I first found out I had Pilonidal Disease when I was 19 and it was definitely some weird news to me (I got the Cleft Lift when I wasContinue reading “‘I couldn’t believe that my life was back to normal’”
- ‘Highly effective’: Recommendation from a patient of 20 yearsI have been a patient of Dr. Sternberg for roughly 20 years and always found him to be very professional, knowledgeable with a wonderful demeanor. This also goes for his office staff. All my procedures and treatments have been asContinue reading “‘Highly effective’: Recommendation from a patient of 20 years”
- Thanks from a Cured High School StudentAfter our daughter endured three failed surgeries by other providers to treat her pilonidal disease and missed nearly a year of high school, we turned to Dr. Sternberg. Our daughter was so worried that a Cleft Lift would radically changeContinue reading “Thanks from a Cured High School Student”
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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