Pilonidal Disease: The Blog

Patient success stories

Hear from the people who overcame pilonidal disease with help from Dr. Jeffrey Sternberg and The Sternberg Clinic of San Francisco.

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Latest Stories from our Patients

Liz’s Story: 'No one should have to go through this'

We received a letter this month from a patient of The Sternberg Clinic who has successfully recovered from Pilonidal Disease after undergoing the Cleft Lift procedure at The Sternberg Clinic for Pilonidal Surgery. Read her story: What started off as something that seemed simple to correct, turned in to the worst experience of my life. Continue reading “Liz’s Story: 'No one should have to go through this'”

A Mother's Plea: Treating her Son's Pilonidal Disease

I received an email in the recent past from a mother who told the story of her teen age son and the emotional toll his failed pilonidal treatments had taken on him and his family.  Bill went through high school dealing with the annoying drainage, smell, and embarrassing staining. After graduation, he wanted to beContinue reading “A Mother's Plea: Treating her Son's Pilonidal Disease”

High praise from a grateful sufferer of an acute pilonidal abscess that was drained with great relief

This dude is a pilonidal expert. For those that don’t know what this is, it’s this really annoying cyst in your butt crack that makes it hurt to sit down. It’s like having a zit / bruise on the end of your spinal cord. This doctor always relieves my pain and is a very niceContinue reading “High praise from a grateful sufferer of an acute pilonidal abscess that was drained with great relief”

My Senior Year of College was Ruined by a Bad Operation for my Pilonidal Cyst

I feel that we doctors are in a rut when it comes to the care of pilonidal problems.  ER, Urgent Care, Pediatricians, Dermatologists, and Internists often have a tough time making the diagnosis and even a more difficult time directing the proper path for treatment.  More concerning is that many surgeons who ultimately treat theContinue reading “My Senior Year of College was Ruined by a Bad Operation for my Pilonidal Cyst”

I'm a Woman. I can't have Pilonidal Cyst, right?

Do I have a Pilonidal Cyst?  I’m a woman. I thought that only guys got pilonidal cysts. Do I have a pilonidal cyst or sinus?  What is this draining sore on my backside and how do I get it fixed?  Is the surgery going to make my rear end look terrible? What?  What’s this stainContinue reading “I'm a Woman. I can't have Pilonidal Cyst, right?”

That's not Saddle Sore. Discovering Pilonidal Disease

Hey – I thought that was a saddle sore, or a sore tailbone, but my doctor told me it’s a pilonidal cyst.  What do I do now??? Help! Patient Email My family and I recently attended the Jackson Wyoming Rodeo.  What a hoot! My 4 yo boy and 7 yo girl (in a skirt) rodeContinue reading “That's not Saddle Sore. Discovering Pilonidal Disease”

Another Tragic Story of Failed Surgery for Pilonidal Disease

I received an email from a patient’s mother last week: I’m hoping to get an appointment for my son who has been suffering for over 2 years, first from pilonidal disease, and now from the consequences of failed surgery that made his problem far worse. I’m just perplexed that surgery would make a bad problemContinue reading “Another Tragic Story of Failed Surgery for Pilonidal Disease”

Another Pilonidal Cyst Operation Gone Bad

While I see around 5 or more new patients with pilonidal issues a week, and around 40% of those patients travel from outside of the Bay Area to meet with me because they have complex pilonidal issues, a young patient who I evaluated this week stands out.  He’s a high school student and has sufferedContinue reading “Another Pilonidal Cyst Operation Gone Bad”


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