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

Thanks from a Cured High School Student

After 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 change her appearance, though when the removed bandages revealed a great outcome, she cried with joyContinue reading “Thanks from a Cured High School Student”

The Cleft Lift procedure is as good as it gets

I have a lot of gratitude for Dr. Sternberg and his team! I learned about pilonidal disease and surgeries online and found them dismal and not encouraging at all. It was gloomy to see that most surgeons would recommend a procedure which would have maybe a 50 percent success rate, with possible future surgeries inContinue reading “The Cleft Lift procedure is as good as it gets”

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”

Discovering the ‘Cleft Lift’

I had my pilonidal for several years before I found this website in my attempt to deal with the problem once and for all. Through this site, I discovered the “cleft lift” proceedure as pioneered by Dr. John Bascom of Oregon. I decided to call Dr. Bascom, and he referred me to San Francisco based surgeonContinue reading “Discovering the ‘Cleft Lift’”

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”

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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”

Surgery saved my high school football career

I could not have had a greater experience with Dr. Sternberg and his team! I visited a surgeon before finding Dr. Sternberg who told me that my football career would be over and that I would require pilonidal surgery that would take over six months to heal. My mother found this website and we immediatelyContinue reading “Surgery saved my high school football career”

A Comfortable and Well-Informed Patient

Dr. Sternberg and his team are phenomenal in my opinion. I went in for a pilonidal operation. From first consultation to surgery I felt comfortable and well-informed about the whole process. Dr. Sternberg and team did a great job with my surgery. I was especially impressed with all the follow up check-ins afterwards, to ensureContinue reading “A Comfortable and Well-Informed Patient”

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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