Pilonidal Cyst

One Surgical Specialists

Robotic Surgery & General Surgery located in Tri-State Area, Hackensack, NJ & Tri-State Area, Parsippany, NJ

A pilonidal cyst can cause significant discomfort. This is because they grow in the cleft between your buttocks. The dedicated professionals at One Surgical Specialists in Hackensack, New Jersey, provide minimally invasive techniques to treat your pilonidal cyst and ease or eliminate your pain. To schedule an appointment, call the One Surgical Specialists office today or use the online booking tool.

Pilonidal Cyst Q&A

What is a pilonidal cyst?

A pilonidal cyst sits at the top of your buttocks, right at the crease, and looks like a pimple. The cysts vary in size. If it gets infected, it turns into a pilonidal abscess, which can be intensely painful.

Who is at risk for a pilonidal cyst?

You’re more at risk for a pilonidal cyst if:

  • You’re obese
  • Live a sedentary lifestyle
  • Have a significant amount of body hair
  • Have irritation in the area
  • Have an injury in the area

Pilonidal cysts appear more in men than women.

What causes a pilonidal cyst?

Ingrown hairs are believed to be one of the leading causes of pilonidal cysts. This is because doctors have found clusters of hair follicles inside the cysts.

You can also develop one if you have repeated force, friction, or injury to the area.

What are the symptoms of a pilonidal cyst?

Symptoms of a pilonidal cyst include:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Pus
  • Oozing blood
  • Foul odor
  • Pain when touched
  • Fever

Pilonidal cysts vary in appearance. They can range from the size of a small pimple to much larger.

How is a pilonidal cyst treated?

Depending on the nature of your cyst, your surgeon at One Surgical Specialists offers various minimally invasive treatments, including:

Cutting and draining

For this procedure, your surgeon gives you a local anesthetic, makes an incision into your cyst, and allows it to drain. The drained area stays packed with gauze that needs to be changed regularly while you heal, which can take up to three weeks.

Marsupialization

This procedure is done the same way, but your surgeon also removes pus and hair in addition to letting it drain. They also sew the edges of the incision to the bottom of the cyst. This forms a small pouch, which eliminates the need for gauze. This procedure can take up to six weeks to heal.

Incision, drainage, and wound closing

For this procedure, your surgeon makes an incision, drains your cyst, and closes your wound. This process eliminates the need to pack gauze into your wound.

To schedule an appointment for a consultation on your pilonidal cyst, call One Surgical Specialists today or use the online booking tool.