What Is Pilonidal Disease?

Pilonidal disease is characterized by the formation of cyst-like lumps or mounds near the tailbone or in the crease between the two buttocks. They often contain tissue debris consisting of skin and hair and often become very painful if they’re allowed to become infected. What may start out as a pilonidal cyst can eventually become a very painful pilonidal abscess or fistula if left untreated.

If you think you might be dealing with this issue, an in-person diagnosis is one of the most effective ways to tell for sure. To learn whether or not you’re dealing with pilonidal disease and how to treat it, simply reach out and set up your consultation with the NYBG Colorectal team today.

Risks and Causes for Pilonidal Disease

In most cases, pilonidal issues are caused by a hair follicle that has been pushed down into the skin. When this happens, the body forms a cyst around the hair, treating it as though it were an invading foreign substance. Over time, this cyst can become badly infected, forming an abscess that may require surgical intervention.

The most frequent cause for pilonidal issues is long periods of sitting, combined with thicker body hair in the affected area. Increased pressure on the buttocks and tailbone can cause ingrown hairs that eventually develop into painful pilonidal cysts. These problems don’t resolve on their own, so if you think you may be dealing with pilonidal disease, it’s important to reach out and set up your in-person exam as quickly as possible.

Treating Pilonidal Disease

The treatment for your pilonidal issues will depend on a variety of factors. Addressing the issue early on enables us to perform a simple, in-office removal procedure during which Dr. Nandra can drain the cyst, which gives it the opportunity to heal on its own, from the inside out.

If you have recurring pilonidal disease, a procedure like the Bascom procedure can be used to eliminate the presence of the cleft between your buttocks. This will prevent the issue from recurring again in the future.

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If you’ve been dealing with pilonidal cysts or the associated complications, NYBG Colorectcal can help you find the relief you’ve been looking for. Our team of surgeons is highly experienced with a wide variety of colorectal issues and can help you pinpoint the source of your issue so that you can once again enjoy a full and complete quality of life.

To learn more about how we can address your pilonidal disease and help you find the comfort you know you deserve, simply reach out to us at our New York office today. A member of our team is standing by and will help you set up your appointment, so you can get started on your journey to wellness as soon as possible.

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