Italy Surgeons

#1
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.
 
#2
Hi Michaela, I too received surgery from this excellent surgeon, at the private hospital in Rome (Italy) where he operates. Prof. Basso performed on me the so called "Israeli" (punch biopsy) procedure for my pilonidal disease. The procedure itself was painless, and the day after I could perfectly walk and attend my normal activities. The postoperative course was a dream compared to what I had been expecting. Prof. Basso was always very attentive and there was no communication barrier between us as he is perfectly bilingual. He followed me up even after I had to travel abroad. I had a full insurance cover, but his professional fees are extremely reasonable and affordable. I would really recommend his professional services to everyone.
 
#3
Hey guys, I'm curious how it's going after your procedure. Any recurrences? I'm working in Shanghai, land of the hairless butts, so I haven't been able to find many doctors specializing in pilonidal let alone the Gips procedure and am c0nsidering contacting Prof Basso.
Cheers!
 
#4
Hey guys, I'm curious how it's going after your procedure. Any recurrences? I'm working in Shanghai, land of the hairless butts, so I haven't been able to find many doctors specializing in pilonidal let alone the Gips procedure and am c0nsidering contacting Prof Basso.
Cheers!
Hi Mugen, sorry for delayed reply. I rarely visit this website. I am perfectly well with no recurrence whatsoever, nearly one year after surgery. Maybe you can contact Prof. Basso directly by email. He doesn't mind, especially for those who live far from Rome. His e-mail address is luigi.basso@uniroma1.it
I hope these informations can be of some use to you!
 
#5
Hey thanks so much Michaela! I was able to contact Dr. Gips, but I think I had the wrong e-mail for Prof. Basso. I'll try and get ahold of him. Thanks again and i'm happy you had such success with the procedure!
 
#6
I wanted to tell the wonderful experience an English friend of mine had with one of these damned pilonidal cyst and fistula treated in Italy by Prof. Luigi Basso. Following a wonderful experience I had a few months earlier, after learning that my friend's son, 18 yrs old, born and bred in London, with no Italian, had a similar problem, I felt like recommending Prof. L. Basso's services in Rome. My friends were terrified at the idea of the operations they had suggested in England, especially after watching the pictures of traditional operations on the internet and after hearing the stories of those who had to face painful dressings for 2 or 3 months. Therefore, I felt like recommending Prof. L. Basso. They contacted him from England via email (luigi.basso@uniroma1.it), and Prof. Basso replied to them very quickly in English, providing all the relevant details, including the names of some hotels near the private clinic in Rome where he privately operates. There was no language barrier. Since my friends live abroad, they did not want to deal with more than one journey. They both agreed for a date to perform the operation (in their case, after only 10 days). My friends arrived from England on Thursday evening and met Prof. Basso, who visited their son (just to assess the situation, as the diagnosis had already been made by surgeons in England). The operation took place on Friday morning (under local anaesthesia, after an ECG and blood tests) and lasted 40 minutes. Prof. Basso performed 3 or 4 holes using biopsy punches, some lateral and some in the middle. He always explains that some people call this the "Israeli" technique, but, in fact the Israeli came after the Americans and therefore should be called the "American" or, at best, the "American-Israeli" procedure. However my friends' son did not suffer any pain. He was even allowed to bring his favourite music in the operating room. As soon as the operation was finished, prof. Basso immediately rang the parents in the room, so that they did not have to worry for the extra 30-40 minutes which takes until the patient is back in the room. After the operation, the boy was wrapped like an Egyptian mummy around the lower back, on the operated area. This was the only annoying but necessary part and lasted only 48 hours. My friends stayed in the clinic for five hours and then went to the nearby hotel. Two days later (on a Sunday!), Prof. Basso removed the "mummy" bandages and my friends flew back home. My friend's husband only lost one day of work. There was no need for any painful dressings, except those that the parents at home and their GP did, consisting only in pain free daily changes of dressings (Opsite) for two weeks. After 10 months, my friend's son is fine. The cyst is not back and so isn't the fistula. There is virtually no sign or scars of the operation (my friends sent me recently a picture of their son). My friends then found out that Prof. Basso has operated on a number of patients from virtually anywhere in Italy and, also from many European and extra-European countries (including, US, Scandinavia, etc.), as he speaks perfect English and there is no language barrier with him. My friends will never finish to thank me for recommending Prof. Basso's services to them: maximum efficacy, zero pain, extreme courtesy and professionalism, contained cost (they spent in total, excluding the hotel and the flight, about 2500 Euros). I do not understand why this non-invasive American-Israeli technique is not performed in England! For those who are interested, you can easily find details on Prof. Basso on Google. I hope the story of my English friends from London will be helpful to some...
 
#7
Does anyone perform minimally invasive surgery for PD? If so, which technique? Lord-Millar, Bascom, Gips, EPSiT or other? What are your outcomes? Why are most colleagues reluctant to use such an approach? I perform Bascom and Gips techniques in Rome, Italy and I would really like to share impressions, ideas, issues...
 
#8
I just had the open wound surgery where they leave it open after the only bad part is if they use regular gauze to pack the wound you do not want them to do that tell them to use maxorb robe packing it will not hurt the regular gauze was so painful before they switched almost unbearable but they had 2 choices at hospital here in USA where I got my surgery you can get a open would which a lot say heals faster and better or a closed wound which does not need packing but some say does not heal as good. I was very scared before surgery but now that was done and the packing material changed feel much better that was the hardest part for me the wound packing it was so painful with gauze now the maxorb robe packing feels a lot better and doesn't hurt and they also prescribed Percocet which I take before they come to pack it and now everything is going fine.
 
#9
Hi there, a few weeks ago I flew over from the UK to have my minimally invasive surgery performed by Dr. Basso in Italy. Everything has gone extremely well, plenty of preop information, no language barriers, reasonable tax deductable costs, no postop pain, quick recovery. I was also very impressed by Dr. Bass0's extremely good bedside manners, availability, and courtesy. Aftercare consisted of showers on the part twice daily for 10 days, starting on day 3 postop ... as easy as that! All it took was to fly over to Rome for a few days. We (me and my wife) flew over on Thursday (preop examination in the afternoon), surgery was on Friday morning (Day Case in a very high standard luxurious private clinic). We then stayed in a nearby hotel on Friday and Saturday, my first compressive dressing was changed on Sunday, and we later flew back home on Sunday afternoon. Back to work on Monday morning, without any pain. We simply could not believe it! In fact, after change of compressive dressing in Rome, I could walk around very comfortably, and I wish we could have stayed in Rome a bit longer, but, unfortunately, I was over-committed at work. All considering, a very pleasant and (under the circumstances) most "enjoyable" experience!
 
#10
Hi, does someone out there have current contact details / mobile number / current email address for Dr. Basso, practising minimally invasive (trephine) surgery in Italy? Is he still practising in Rome? I had a very pleasant experience more than two years ago and I would like to refer the son of a friend of mine from England. Unfortunately, here nobody seems to have a clue regarding this type of less aggressive treatment. Thanks for your help!
 
#12
This year we had the same case with my 16 year old son. We were terrified to learn the required aggressive surgery and especially long recovery period and he would not be able to do many sport activities for a long time period. Then I started to search for alternatives and learned of minimally invasive punch surgery. Despite the fact that we are from Germany and at the time located in Istanbul, we were surprised to learn that this method was not recommened.
While I was searching for a good surgeon in Europe I came accross this post.
I made some more research on Prof. Basso and contacted him. He won my trust over the emails and phone calls.
We flew to Rome in early April during his Spring break 1 week holiday, he went through a similar procedure as explained above. Prof. Luigi Basso was not only quite reassuring, professional, but also very helpful in all aspects. Even his suggestion of an Italian Restaurant Consolini turned out to be great. We also had time to take a tour of Rome before the op which was relaxing before the op. In the end all went well with the operation and in the subsequent days. Our son was back in school without losing a single school day.

Now, 8 months after the surgery, our son is quite fine. We are very grateful to Prof. Basso and highly recommend his services.
 
#13
Hi, I would like to add another positive feedback about Dr. Basso and his technique. As many others, I ended up in contacting him since I did not want to undergo the consequences of the 'invasive' approach - my wife and I are both working, we have a 4y old daughter and I did not want to have a forced prolonged break and to impact the family balance. I contacted Dr. Basso by email, we discussed my case. Then I went to Rome (casa di cura Ars Medica) in November 2016. Prof. Basso analyzed my case the evening before the intervention, that was scheduled on Friday morning. The intervention is very smooth, no pain at all. As it was already said in this forum, Dr. Basso is tailoring the best approach out of a full spectrum of mini-invasive techniques to your specific case. In my case he used mainly biopsy punches (Gips approach). After the intervention, I stayed in bed (found an accommodation in the neighborhood) for 2days with compressive medication, then on the 3rd day (Monday) Dr. Basso visited me, removed the medication, and I took the train back to Milan. That was as simple as that. Of course during the first 1-2 weeks you have to be a little bit careful, but basically you can have a normal life, no painful medication or special treatment, only washing and applying Betadine 2 times a day. The wound heals fast. I can only recommend Dr. Basso and his innovative approach to the pilonidal disease.
 
#14
Hi, I would like to add another positive feedback about Dr. Basso and his technique. As many others, I ended up in contacting him since I did not want to undergo the consequences of the 'invasive' approach - my wife and I are both working, we have a 4y old daughter and I did not want to have a forced prolonged break and to impact the family balance. I contacted Dr. Basso by email, we discussed my case. Then I went to Rome (casa di cura Ars Medica) in November 2016. Prof. Basso analyzed my case the evening before the intervention, that was scheduled on Friday morning. The intervention is very smooth, no pain at all. As it was already said in this forum, Dr. Basso is tailoring the best approach out of a full spectrum of mini-invasive techniques to your specific case. In my case he used mainly biopsy punches (Gips approach). After the intervention, I stayed in bed (found an accommodation in the neighborhood) for 2days with compressive medication, then on the 3rd day (Monday) Dr. Basso visited me, removed the medication, and I took the train back to Milan. That was as simple as that. Of course during the first 1-2 weeks you have to be a little bit careful, but basically you can have a normal life, no painful medication or special treatment, only washing and applying Betadine 2 times a day. The wound heals fast. I can only recommend Dr. Basso and his innovative approach to the pilonidal disease.
Could anyone provide the cost of the surgery?
 
#15
Hi, I wanted to just add my thoughts having visited Professor Basso. I am an Australian who previously had my cyst drained after a long stay in hospital from a terrible infection, I was hoping to have this just dealt with. Luckily, I was living in Rome and via this forum heard about Professor Basso. He replied to my email within a few hours of contact, got me an appointment quickly, and made the entire experience so easy for me as a monolingual foreigner, even assisting me with the admission forms.

The cost of the surgery was incredibly reasonable, 1900 euros, which included all follow-up appointments (I had two check-ups), and includes the time spent under observation post-surgery, all the assistants, etc. If you were a European with private health insurance this would likely be even cheaper. The surgery was completed super quickly, in my case about 20 minutes, and healed perfectly and fast. I personally had zero post operative pain, infection, or any complications. Professor Basso personally translated all discharge notices, instructions, forms, etc, so I have a copy in English for my insurance provider. It's been just over a month since I had the surgery performed and I feel totally different, well healed, and just so much less weight on my shoulders.

I couldn't recommend him enough, if I wasn't living in Rome I would have travelled here to have the surgery performed!

For people who are considering the surgery I would strongly recommend contacting Professor Basso, in our initial emails he sent me a great deal of literature and a slide presentation covering his technique, the entire process, and basically every question I could have. For people who are staying a short time he's also able to recommend places to stay, etc. I personally got the majority of my information (and his email) from his website here: http://www.colonproctologia.com/?page_id=642
 
#16
Hi everyone,

I am from Ireland. I have been recovering from an incision and drainage surgery of a pilonidal abcsess over the past 6 months and I would like to share my experience with Luigi Basso , Surgeon from Rome. After researching about Luigi online and his non-invasive style surgery for Pilonidal Disease, I emailed him for more information.

It came with coincidence that Luigi was travelling to Ireland shortly after I emailed. He agreed to take time out of his holiday to meet me in Dublin City Centre, assess the area of disease and give me advice.

It was absolutely fantastic to get advice from someone who uses newer techniques with treating this awful disease. The fact he took time out of his holiday to see me and bring his children with him, shows what a great person he is. He was an absolute gentleman and extremely professional.

I would highly recommend.
 
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