Unusually, as a female, I had this condition in my early 20's. Once a flare up started it repeated itself after drainage and packing each of 3 times - painful enough that I could barely walk. I opted for the surgery and haven't had a problem since - this has been over 20 years ago. My surgeon told me this was the only way to prevent recurrence and he proved correct. To my recollection except for the removal of the stitches it wasn't nearly as unpleasant as the flare-ups. Good luck.
Re: Pilonidal Cyst
Posted by Walt Stoll on January 19, 1999 at 12:31:37:
In Reply to: Re: Pilonidal Cyst posted by Lynn Tessler on January 14, 1999 at 20:32:22:
Congratulations, Lynn, on being one of the 50% who have successful resolution of this terrible problem with the first surgery. A primary closure for the first surgery and a couple of secondary closures of subsequent surgeries are surely indicated. Beyond that----------------------?
As you have surely seen, on this BB, it is the other 50% that are the problem. Because of the embryological nature of this condition, SOME people would have to have their entire butt removed to remove 100% of the microscopic nidi associated with this condition.
For those poor unfortunates, the conservative suggestions you have seen on this BB are all they have left to use.