I have had four (technically five). I had an incompetent doctor try to remove it the first time and ended up in hospital 5 days later with huge infection and he left a part in there. I had the second 2 weeks later by a much better surgeon and he did an open procedure and had me on a VAC Pac, for some reason a small section just under 1 inch did not want to close so 8-9 months later I had third which was a cleft lift surgery, but yet again I had a complication and I had a stitch pop. They tried for 2 years to close it up, I saw wound specialists, I got denied for HBOT and ended up with a wound care plastic surgeon. I had a fourth surgery in September which included re-routing a vein and taking a skin flap to insert where the existing wound was. I ended up with a fifth emergence surgery 4 days later when the flap started turning black and they had to fix the vein connection. I still have two open wounds one because I ended up with a rare infection and fluid built up where my drain tube was and popped a hole through the new tissue and the other because a stitch popped... again! I'm still waiting for them to figure it out and there may be an underlying health issue so fingers crossed! Please anyone reading this don't be scared because it is so very different and non of my 5 doctors have ever seen anything like this before on anyone so you should be okay! I know things can be frustrating at times but they can always be worse so chin up and it will end eventually After that it's being back to a sense of normal in your life I guess!
I had one drainage and two removals. I was cut open and put under anesthesia for all three of them. I am currently recovering from a removal. I really hope this is my last surgery related to a Pilonidal Cyst. It's not very fun.
I had 4 over the course about 8 or so years. I don't recommend going to the surgeon your family doctor sends you to. Call a big medical university in your area and have them recommend a surgeon. I got recommended to an amazing surgeon and I've been healed for 5+ years now.