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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‘No pain, quick recovery, and a return to normal life’

THANK YOU DR. STERNBERG!!! After suffering a hard fall, I developed a draining abscess in the upper left area of my buttocks. I first went to a Dermatologist, who performed a painful in-office surgery. After the surgery, the area worsened. The Dermatologist then referred me to a Plastic Surgeon because he believed my case wasContinue reading “‘No pain, quick recovery, and a return to normal life’”

Gamers and Pilonidal Disease

I’m a gamer! Why does my butt hurt so bad?

If you spend hours sitting in front of a computer monitor or TV screen playing video games, you’re at risk of developing a common pain in your butt crack better known in the medical community as Pilonidal Disease.

‘Highly effective’: Recommendation from a patient of 20 years

I 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 as comfortable as they could be, and highly effective. I would recommend Dr. Sternberg to anyoneContinue reading “‘Highly effective’: Recommendation from a patient of 20 years”

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”

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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”

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”

‘Dr. Sternberg is confident, kind and has great empathy for his patients struggling with Pilonidal Disease’

Our 19 year old son suffered for the years after a failed Pilonidal Surgery in San Diego. He was left with an open wound that required daily care, his quality of life was totally compromised, he had to leave University on the East Coast and transfer to a University in San Diego so he couldContinue reading “‘Dr. Sternberg is confident, kind and has great empathy for his patients struggling with Pilonidal Disease’”

‘The Cleft Lift procedure he performs is definitely at the cutting edge of his field’

Dr. Sternberg, without question, is one of the top experts (if not the best) in treating pilonidal disease in the world. Since my freshman year of high school, I repeatedly struggled to combat the seemingly undefeatable pilonidal disease. I first had surgery with a plastic surgeon in Pennsylvania and had laser hair removal treatment inContinue reading “‘The Cleft Lift procedure he performs is definitely at the cutting edge of his field’”

‘I can not explain to you the sense of reassurance, and relief that both my son and I felt’

We traveled from Orlando Florida to San Francisco to have surgery with Dr. Sternberg for my son. I simply wish we went to him first. The surgeon that performed the first excision left my son with a very large and deep wound. My son suffered for 10 months after his first surgery. We went toContinue reading “‘I can not explain to you the sense of reassurance, and relief that both my son and I felt’”

‘Do not go through multiple surgeries that can make your life miserable’

My experience with Dr. Sternberg and his staff was the most amazing medical experience I have ever been a part of. I had been suffering from pilonidal disease for 4 years with no where to turn. My first pilonidal surgery done here in Florida by a different surgeon failed and I was left with 2Continue reading “‘Do not go through multiple surgeries that can make your life miserable’”

‘It was a perfect surgery’

Dr. Sternberg treated me for a very persistent pilonidal cyst 10 years ago. It was a perfect surgery and I have had no recurrence since that day. I have deep respect for Dr. Sternberg’s abilities and technique. – Anne R.

‘This surgeon has a ‘blackbelt’ in pilonidal cyst surgery’

listen up people never wrote a review Dr. sternberg is the only answer to your pilonidal cyst. he is the best of the best. i had the worst pilonidal cyst you could imagine, and he fixed me. listen to me….he will fix you. i traveled to see this highly skilled surgeon after several failed attempts.Continue reading “‘This surgeon has a ‘blackbelt’ in pilonidal cyst surgery’”

‘3 years later, I’ve got no symptoms and would say it’s a 100% success for me’

I’m extremely satisfied with the results of my surgery. After dealing with the cyst for what seemed like a few years, getting prodded with needles, and draining, I was fortunate enough to referred to Dr. Sternberg. He was very informative about the procedure, the risks of not doing a procedure, and made my decision toContinue reading “‘3 years later, I’ve got no symptoms and would say it’s a 100% success for me’”

‘Thank you Dr. Sternberg’

Almost a year out. Surgery worked. Still a little numb but a worthwhile trade against the problems I had before. The Dr.’s staff is great and very helpful. Living with a pilondial cyst is magnitudes harder than going with Sternberg’s method of surgery. – Rene D.

‘I couldn’t believe how little pain I experienced during my recovery’

I had a cleft lift done by Dr. Sternberg in September of this year. I flew to San Fransisco all the way from Canada because of his stellar reputation and how helpful his staff had been to me even just on the phone as I navigated the difficulties of living with pilonidal. Even though IContinue reading “‘I couldn’t believe how little pain I experienced during my recovery’”

‘Dr. Sternberg is a patient surgeon who cares’

I am extremely impressed with the professionalism as well as the kindness that Dr. Sternberg and his staff has shown me. He explains everything in detail which gave me great confidence going into surgery. Although the written instructions were helpful, having an appointment the day after surgery with my caretaker was essential for my pieceContinue reading “‘Dr. Sternberg is a patient surgeon who cares’”

‘5 months after surgery I was back practicing boat pose (yoga)’

Dr. Sternberg is an attentive, patient, through surgeon. He explained everything in advance, sent us home with instructions and even scheduled time the day after surgery for my husband to learn how to take care of me. He checked in with me throughout the next few months. When I fell and injured the incision area,Continue reading “‘5 months after surgery I was back practicing boat pose (yoga)’”

‘It’s been awful’

If I could give Dr. Sternberg 1,000 stars, I would. My son has been suffering with pilonidal cysts for four years. It’s been awful. We finally got referred to Dr. Sternberg. My son had a cleft lift and now our four-year nightmare is over. I could not be more grateful to have found Dr. Sternberg.Continue reading “‘It’s been awful’”

‘I urge you to trust Dr. Sternberg’s capabilities and get your life back’

Dr. Sternberg’s (and staff) care and expertise was nothing short of life changing. I’ll save some of the details of my pilonidal disease prior to my procedure with Dr. Sternberg, but I will mention that my disease progressed slowly over a very long period of time, and thus became somewhat easy to, at least, tolerate.Continue reading “‘I urge you to trust Dr. Sternberg’s capabilities and get your life back’”

‘We traveled to San Francisco from Texas and we would do it again in a heartbeat’

Do not look any further! I found Dr. Sternberg on the internet while desperately searching for a cure for pilonidal disease after my son’s three failed surgeries within 2 years. The past two years of my son’s life has been on hold because of this frustrating condition. General surgeons and even colorectal surgeons do notContinue reading “‘We traveled to San Francisco from Texas and we would do it again in a heartbeat’”

‘I cannot stress enough to pick the right surgeon’

My 18 year old son had suffered with pilonidal disease for nearly three years. He had not had any previous surgeries but dealt with a constantly draining pilonidal sinus. We flew from Florida to San Francisco for Dr. Jeffrey Sternberg to perform the cleft lift surgery. Dr. Sternberg’s knowledge, expertise, experience, education were unparalleled andContinue reading “‘I cannot stress enough to pick the right surgeon’”

‘If you have a Pilonidal ‘cyst’ DO NOT GO TO ANYONE ELSE’

Dr. Sternberg is not only incredibly professional, but his techniques and methodology are the most current and least invasive on your life. I can’t stress this enough – had I gone to him first (had I known of him then) I would have saved 3 years, 4 surgeries, hours and hours of doctor and hospitalContinue reading “‘If you have a Pilonidal ‘cyst’ DO NOT GO TO ANYONE ELSE’”

‘Thank you doctor!’

I am grateful to the doctor Jeffrey Sternberg for his professionalism. for his tremendous intuition and desire to help the patient. A few years ago he saved my life by doing a complicated operation to remove rectal cancer. After the operation, every year I am examined by a doctor and feel his care for theContinue reading “‘Thank you doctor!’”

Liz’s Story: A patient testimonial

We received a letter from a patient of The Sternberg Clinic named Liz, who successfully recovered from Pilonidal Disease after multiple failed surgeries. Read Liz’s story.


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