Hello all, I am a 19 year old boy from outside of Washington, DC who suffered from two small pockets on my tailbone. I had this since I was in juinor year and did not think much of it and was embarassed to bring it forward. I would feel them getting sore and filled and would squeeze them to drain them in the shower, once a month. Life wasn't too bad, but little did I know it was getting worse without me knowing. My one pit i had went so deep it came back up below it and before I knew it i was having blood stains on my underwear and sometimes on my tucked in shirts. This caught the eye of my mom and finally told her what was going on. After research and going to the doctor, it was easy to know that this was pilodial whatever I dont know the exact name. We were referred to a local surgeon and the description of what he said made surgery seem like hell. But I thought, was living with this for most likely the rest of my life more hell? So a background on the surgeon, he was a local reknown general surgeon who had done these surgeries before with a 60% success rate. Basically he was going to cut it all out, then I'd have to let it air our for a week (naked laying in my house) and then be very careful. This all scared me considering if it didn't succeed it may become worse. At that point I said I was not going to get surgery and live with this. I ended up figuring out anti-bacterial soap in the shower really helped (I bought Hiboclens). I wouldn't get sore or anything, but there was still a chance. At this point it is November during my sophomore year in college and my mom found this site. She found a review about a specialist in Pittsburgh who apparently works wonders. His name is Matthew Rosengart, and let me tell you this from my first hand experience. This man is unbelievable. After reading about his way of performing surgery called "pit picking" where they clean each out and then stuff with gauze for 3 days, you remove the gauze and then keep a pad on it so it doesnt bleed if it does. His success rate is 80% and with my case considering how it wasnt huge, he said he thinks it will certainly work out. So December 18th 2015 was my scheduled date and we drove up to Pittsburgh and had a hotel room thinking I would be uncomfortable and stay the night. I was very nervous and embarassed. Immediately when we meet the doctor and he sees my cysts, he says "I can fix that no problem!" He injected the area with local numbing medicine and the procedure was done in 1o minutes. All it felt like was someone pushing their finger against your skin, he pushing you on the shoulder before hand and says it will feel like that and he is completely right. I felt so good and so happy we drove back that night, went out to dinner, and i slept fine. I was sore and had trouble sitting certain ways (as i expected) but didnt need to "air it out" or anything. I couldnt shower for 3 days until i pulled the gauze off. Pulling the gauze off hurt a little and will scare you cause it bleeds a little, but after it felt a lot better. Within a week of removing the gauze I could sit which ever way i wanted and my scars were tender, red (like normal scar healing) and I was a new man. Now I am almost sealed up completely and have had 0 issues. I actually recently fell down the stairs hard on my tailbone and thought "oh no my scars are gonna break open", but nothing happened. Words do not describe what this man has done for me. My case was not very bad, so worse might take longer to heal and perform the surgery, but either way GET THE SURGERY. Fly in that day and fly out. Drive up and drive back. He is the best in the nation and possibly the world. He's very nice, concerned with your opinions, and even dropped a couple of jokes in there to ease the mood. To conclude, I was the same embarassed, lonely, scared teenager with a pilondial cyst and asking "why me?" I was the kid to hide it from my parents thinking it will go away and making it worse. I was the kid who was afraid of surgery. But if I knew about this, I would have gotten it day 1. Here is my advice: if you have this cyst TELL SOMEONE (it isnt embarassing and only will get worse), call Dr. Rosengart about your situation (we emailed pictures) and see what he says, and get an appointment and change your life. Thank you I hope everything goes well.