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Pilonidal Cyst Treatmentin New Jersey

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PILONIDAL CYST Treatment in New Jersey | Dr. Shomaf Nakhjo

Pilonidal disease can cause extreme discomfort and can be a notoriously difficult condition to resolve. It can cause pain while sitting, lying down, or when coming in contact with clothing. If left untreated, pilonidal disease can lead to further complications, such as infection or abcess.

Fortunately, Dr. Shomaf Nakhjo offers a curative solution to pilonidal disease, offering lasting relief and preventing the condition from recurring. Take the first step towards a permanent Pilonidal Cyst Treatment in New Jersey with a consultation with Dr. Shomaf Nakhjo - Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery.

WHAT IS PILONIDAL DISEASE?

Pilonidal disease (often referred to as a Pilonidal cyst) is a chronic skin and subcutaneous fat infection in the crease of the buttocks typically occurring in teens and young adults. The condition is often the result of hairs that invade the skin in the cleft (crease) and become infected.

SYMPTOMS

Most patients with a Pilonidal Cyst experience large, painful areas that are tender to the touch with openings that have clear, cloudy or bloody discharge. Redness and tenderness with foul smelling pus (discharge), along with possible fever, are indications of an abscess formation.

While pilonidal disease is relatively common, many don’t realize that there is an incredibly high recurrence rate if not treated properly.

Eliminate Pilonidal Cysts Once & For All

Your Pilonidal Cyst Treatment

The first course of action for patients is typically a round of antibiotics along with draining of the abscess, however, most cases will ultimately need surgery for definitive management.

Unfortunately, a routine pilonidal cystectomy (midline wound/open) that most surgeons perform has a very high recurrence rate. The cleft lift procedure (Bascom Lift) is another option.

Dr. Nakhjo is one of a few surgeons in the country who performs the cleft lift procedure. It is an outpatient surgical procedure that is intended to cure pilonidal disease. The procedure takes about an hour (performed under general anesthesia). Patients are typically home the same day, with minimal discomfort and can return to normal daily activity within 1-2 days and full activity without any restriction in 2 weeks.

Simple Pilonidal Cyst Treatment

Some patients may be eligible for a simple New Jersey Pilonidal Cyst Treatment. This procedure, performed under general anesthesia, removes the infected tissue entirely. The incision is closed with sutures, and most patients report minimal discomfort during recovery, generally requiring only over-the-counter pain relievers. Your surgeon may utilize temporary drains to prevent fluid accumulation at the surgery site; these are generally removed four to five days post-surgery, but patients typically return to regular activities immediately following surgery.

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About Us

At Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery, we regard our patients as “family,” and we treat them accordingly. We take a “boutique” approach to our practice that provides patients with the highest level of personal attention. We pledge to be always available and always accommodating. This is why we strive to provide the best Pilonidal Cyst Treatment New Jersey has to offer!

The only procedure proven to succeed in over 95% of cases is the Cleft Lift Procedure (Bascom Lift)

Cleft Lift Procedure

The cleft lift procedure differs from other procedures in that it only removes scarred skin and minimal underlying tissue, putting the incision sufficiently to the side so it can heal well. Other flap procedures often result in disfiguring scars and fail to sufficiently re-contour the cleft to prevent recurrence.

Benefits of the Cleft Lift Procedure

  • Closed wound, no packing needed
  • Faster return to normal activity (1-2 days)
  • No scarring/disfiguring
  • Minimal pain
  • Lowest recurrence rate among all flap procedures (between 1 and 5%)

Who gets pilonidal disease?

Am I a candidate for Pilonidal Cyst Treatment?

Most commonly, Pilonidal Cysts occur in young men, although women—especially pregnant women—can get them, too. People who sit for prolonged periods of time are at elevated risk for pilonidal disease. Research shows that other risk factors include:

  • Being overweight or obese
  • Leading an inactive lifestyle
  • Having excess body hair
  • Wearing tight clothing

Pilonidal disease is not a rare condition. More than 70,000 cases are reported in the U.S. each year. The average age for pilonidal patients is between 20 and 35.

Diagnosis

As part of a full physical examination, your doctor will check the crease of your buttocks for signs of a Pilonidal Cyst, which should be visible to the naked eye. Your doctor may also ask you several questions, including:

  • Has the cyst changed in appearance?
  • Is the cyst draining fluid?
  • Are you experiencing any other symptoms?

In some cases, your doctor may order a CT or MRI to check for sinus cavities that may have formed under your skin.

Advanced Surgical Options For Superior Results

Schedule your New Jersey Pilonidal Cyst consultation with Dr. Nakhjo today

Dr. Shomaf Nakhjo, DO, is a board-certified and fellowship-trained physician who is a nationally-respected authority on minimally invasive surgical procedures. He has served Northern New Jersey for the last 15 years and has performed more than 4,000 procedures in his career. He has built a medical practice that is committed to providing the highest level of care using the most advanced and innovative technology and techniques available.

Dr. Nakhjo invites you to schedule your New Jersey Pilonidal Cyst Treatment consultation by either registering here at advancedsurgerynj.com or by calling (973) 383-2222.

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Pilonidal CystFrequently Asked Questions

In some cases, yes. Your family history can play a role in whether you will develop pilonidal cysts, particularly if rough body hair is common in your family.

No, you can’t spread it. Most researchers now believe these cysts are caused by ingrown hairs.

Occasionally, yes, they can drain and disappear. If you have chronic pilonidal disease, your symptoms will tend to come and go over time.

The biggest danger would be the potential development of a life-threatening systemic infection. In some very rare cases, pilonidal cysts have been associated with development of the skin cancer known as squamous cell carcinoma, or SCC.

Not always, but you can reduce your chances of developing these cysts by:

  • Regularly washing and drying your buttocks
  • Losing weight
  • Avoiding prolonged sitting
  • Shaving the hair around your buttocks once a week, or using a hair removal product

New Jersey’s Premier Minimally Invasive Surgery Provider

For the most advanced treatment, easiest recovery, and best possible results with minimally invasive surgery in New Jersey, begin your journey with Dr. Shomaf Nakhjo today. Schedule your consultation at either of our convenient locations to begin discussing your personalized treatment plan with a highly skilled and renowned area specialist.