“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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- ‘He gave me hope when I had none’At the beginning of 2019, I was diagnosed with a “pilonidal cyst,” something I had never heard of before. My first surgery was March of 2019. It wasn’t with the surgeon I had been referred to since he no longerContinue reading “‘He gave me hope when I had none’”
- ‘Never met a better doctor and I am a nurse’If you or a family member have been suffering from pilonidal disease and you are desperately searching for a solution you can stop looking and contact Dr. Sternberg. My son had two prior surgeries each making his condition worse. WeContinue reading “‘Never met a better doctor and I am a nurse’”
- ‘From start to finish, every step was flawless’We were given the diagnosis for pilonidal disease by our family physician for our child. We found Dr. Sternberg through the international pilonidal society platform. From start to finish, every step was flawless; Dr. Sternberg delivers the best and latestContinue reading “‘From start to finish, every step was flawless’”
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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