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Pilonidal Cyst

Posted by
Rob on August 20, 1999 at 00:07:13:

I had surgery on Dec 31st of 1998, then a second on May 25th and the Pilonidal Cyst is still draining a yellowish goo. How the hell long does this thing take to heal? what can i do to speed it up. My summer has sucked because of this damn thing and school starts in 2 weeks.



Re: Pilonidal Cyst

Posted by Pete on August 20, 1999 at 08:30:23:

In Reply to: Pilonidal Cyst posted by Rob on August 20, 1999 at 00:07:13:

I had the same surgery in 1975, and it seems to me it took a year to finally close. I had to wera kotex in my pants--I was miserable, too. My doctor sped up the healing process with weekly treatment of the area with these swabs of silver nitrate, which caused a BIGGER mess in my pants, but did allow it to heal sooner. No matter HOW long it takes, it HAS to heal the long way, or the cyst can reoccur--and NOTHING is worth THAT pain!



Re: Pilonidal Cyst

Posted by
Rob on August 21, 1999 at 00:13:59:

In Reply to: Re: Pilonidal Cyst posted by Pete on August 20, 1999 at 08:30:23:

Do you think wearing the Kotex is better then stuff Gauze up there every few hours?



Re: Pilonidal Cyst

Posted by Pete on August 21, 1999 at 07:24:52:

In Reply to: Re: Pilonidal Cyst posted by Rob on August 21, 1999 at 00:13:59:

My doc never had me use gauze--and while using kotex was a little weird, it did the job. I had a pretty big gaping hole in my behind, so I'm not sure there would have been ENOUGH gauze! PB



Re: Pilonidal Cyst (Archive!) Nugget

Posted by Walt Stoll on August 22, 1999 at 09:51:55:

In Reply to: Re: Pilonidal Cyst posted by Rob on August 21, 1999 at 00:13:59:

Hi, Rob and Pete.

There is another reason for the "stuffed gauze". It serves as a debriding tool for dead surface tissue that would greatly complicate the recovery and increase the recurrence rate. Each time you pack it in and remove it, it scrubs off the surface so that fresher, and hopefully growing, tissue is on top.

The surgeon is supposed to tell you that so you don't do something like just catching the drainage with a Kotex or something. Unfortunately, many surgeons just take the money and run.

Walt



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