Hi there, I would like to tell everyone interested that I happily and luckily found in Rome (Italy, where I temporary live) Prof. Luigi Basso, a very competent pilonidal disease surgeon, performing both Gip's and Bascom's procedures. While Prof. Basso has an International CV and an Academic background, I was privately operated on by him at the Casa di Cura Ars Medica Private Hospital of Rome under LA, stayed in hospital for three hours, and recovered in a week. As Prof. Basso likes to say he "doesn't tailor patients to the procedures, rather procedures to the patients". That is why he sometimes performs the trephine Israeli procedure (Gip's, as it was in my case), while some others he uses the Bascom's procedure, with a lateral incision. Recovery is usually very quick in either case, and postoperative pain is null. I must say I was very impressed by the high professionalism and bed-side manners of this surgeon. I reakon you can easily Google Prof. Luigi Basso's name and contact him by email through his website (I think he has one), even from abroad and in English, as he fluently speaks English. I hope my information will provide help to some of you out there.