I added a story in the "stories" section. I had excision surgery in March 2008, it took about two weeks to heal, no problems since. My advice to fellow sufferers is as follows: The sooner you treat your pilonidal the better. The surgery I had was not bad. The healing process was also not bad. It says 6-8 weeks on many sites. I suppose it depends on the seriousness of the situation. I was healed in 2 weeks. It would have been worse if I had kept waiting. Good luck all. Treat sooner rather than later!