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Surgery for pilonidal disease

If you suffer from pilonidal disease, you may need surgery to stop infection and inflammation in the region.

What is pilonidal disease?

Pilonidal disease is a condition affecting the skin in the natal cleft area. It manifests as a persisting discharging sinus or more commonly as an abscess. It is caused by the entrapment of hair in the area which would cause infection/inflammation in the region.

What does the surgery involve?

The surgery for pilonidal disease involves removal of either the discharging sinus which could be single or multiple. The surgery is best done under general anaesthesia. It involves excision of the skin and the affected area with primary closure of the healthy tissues.

What is the recovery like? 

The average hospital stay could be anything from 24 to 48 hours. Patients are recommended to take two weeks off work and avoid strenuous activity for 4 weeks. Sutures are usually removed within 10 days after the surgery.

Specialists Offering Surgery for pilonidal disease

Mr John Evans

Consultant Surgeon

MB BS (London), MD (Leicester), FRCS (Eng)

BMI Three Shires Hospital

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Mr Ben Hornung

Consultant General & Colorectal Surgeon

BSc (Hons), MBChB, MD, FRCS

BMI The Alexandra Hospital

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Mr Bala Piramanayagam

Consultant General & Colorectal Surgeon

MS,FRCS Ed, FRCS (Gen Surg)

BMI The Meriden Hospital

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Mr Abdul Qadir

Consultant Gastrointestinal & General Surgeon


BMI Albyn Hospital

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Mr Neil Keeling

Consultant General Surgeon

MB, BS (Lond 1988), FRCS (Eng 1992), MS (Lond 1997), FRCS (Gen Surg 1998)

BMI St Edmunds Hospital

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