The Pilonidal Cysts, Sinus and Abscess

Medically reviewed by: Gary H. Hoffman, MD

The Pilonidal Cyst, Sinus Or Abscess.  Your Colon And Rectal Surgeon.

You know that something is wrong, but you are not sure what that may be.  Since birth, you have had these tiny little openings in the skin over your sacrum and coccyx, also known as your tailbone.  Life has been too much fun for you to spend the time trying to figure out what those things really are.  Now, all you know is that this area hurts.  And, it is not getting any better.  And, all of your life you have laughed at proctologist jokes.   The colon and rectal surgeon.  The proctologist.  What’s the difference?  They are great punch lines, just like colonoscopy jokes on late night talk shows.

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A Painful Backside, And Then You grow to Like Your Proctologist.

The pain continues and then a lump begins.  The lump is even more tender.  Fever.  Chills.  Before you know it, there is some drainage from the lump.  What is going on?  You call your doctor and you are referred to a proctologist, a specialist in diseases of the colon, rectum and anus, as well as the skin around the anus.  Your doctor tells you that you probably have a pilonidal.  And off to the colon and rectal surgeon you go.  It would be best to have answers to the following ready:

  • When did the problem begin?
  • Did the pain start off as intense, or did it begin as a minor pain and then increase?
  • Any fever?
  • Chills?
  • Drainage?
  • Has this happened in the past?
  • Did anyone tell you that you have a pilonidal?

What Next At The Proctologist?

Once you have talked with the doctor, you will be examined and, most likely, will be found to have a pilonidal inflammation or abscess.  You may receive a prescription for antibiotics, or you may have the pilonidal opened and drained in the office.  This might make you feel better.  If so, then you will need to learn about pilonidal disease and what it will look like for you in the future.  It might never recur, or you might have repeated bouts of inflammation.  Your doctor will discuss your surgical options with you and then will help you decide how you want to approach the problem.

Los Angeles Colon and Rectal Surgical Associates.

The surgeons of Los Angeles Colon and Rectal Surgical Associates are board certified surgeons fully experienced in taking care of your problems.  They treat all diseases of the colon, rectum and anus.  Pilonidal disease falls under their purview.

By calling (310)273-2310, you can schedule a confidential appointment to take care of your pilonidal disease.  You will have an opportunity to ask questions, fully understand the nature of the problem and find out about the proposed treatment plan for you.  Relief should quickly follow your phone call.

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