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  1. Midori

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    Pediatric surgeon in Pittsburgh,PA

    Hey everybody! Today I am six weeks post op (and infection free yay!) and I'd like to recommend my surgeon. Even if you don't live in the Pittsburgh area, I'd like to mention that if you are still considered pediatric (I am and I'm 20) I would highly recommend a pediatric hospital in general. My surgeon was Dr. Timothy Kane, a very caring and knowledgable general pediatric surgeon at Children's hospital in Pittsburgh. He listened to all my questions, explained the entire excision procedure, and made sure I was in good condition when I went back to school. Myself and my primary care physician highly recommend him. In reference to pediatric hospitals, I am so glad I decided to have my surgery at Children's rather than an adult hospital. I never met a grumpy nurse, everyone was always cheerful, and the other patients kept me laughing. I even got a stuffed animal outta the deal! So if you're a pediatric patient, go to a pediatric hospital. I really believe that the overall experience was much better! If you have any questions about my procedure, Children's, Dr. Kane, or pediatric hospitals just e-mail me!
     
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    There's a Surgeon in Kittanning, PA (its about an hour from Pittsburgh) named Dr. Yang.

    He's the guy I saw, he tends to make as small wounds as possible, but still excise the needed bad tissue/debris/etc.


    I think he did good, though he does not seem to know (or practice) any of Bascom's ideas. If I had known about Pit Picking, I would have asked him, maybe I wouldn't have this big open wound right now if I had... lol. Ah well.
     
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    I first noticed my Pilonidal Abscess in 1999. I had mild discomfort for many years until 2005. I was have some discomfort but my biggest issue was the embarrassment of the drainage I was experiencing. I started to do a lot of research on Pilonidal.org and found the Bascom method. It was a good thing because I was scheduled to have the old “dig out everything and hope for the best” procedure. Pilonidal.org was a godsend.

    If you are looking for a fantastic doctor to alleviate your Pilonidal abscess pain in the Philadelphia, PA area look no further than Dr. Howard S. Caplan. He has 2 offices: 17 Industrial Blvd. Paoli, PA 19301 (610) 647-2608 and The Curtis Center, suite 506-E Independence Square West Philadelphia, PA 19106 (215) 629-1866. Dr. Caplan is a plastic surgeon by trade so you can be assured that his work is nearly flawless. He took the time to have a conversation with me about the procedure. I use the word conversation because he allowed me to ask questions and give my own take on this sometimes misunderstood affliction.

    All in all, I had my procedure in November of 2006, 5+ months ago. It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I did not NEED the procedure but it has made my LIFE more comfortable. Isn’t that all we really want!!! Don’t suffer with your embarrassment or discomfort it is not worth it. The recovery time is minimal, one week. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have. I know I had tons of questions before my procedure. jimfromlyco@yahoo.com

    Jim
     
  4. Jaredsmom

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    Outstanding Cleft Lift Surgeon In Pittsburgh

    For any of you within travelling distance of Pittsburgh, PA....PLEASE consider having a cleft lift done. It is a fabulous surgery and the pain is truly minimal, and the healing is RAPID..... two weeks or less. The wound care is practically non existent....swab it with betadine once a day or , as in our case with this doc, DO NOTHING.

    This doctor, Dr. Rosengart, is very experienced in this procedure. His credentials are exemplary.. he is a critical care/trauma surgeon at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, one of the top hospitals in the world. He has won many awards and grants from the National Institutes of Health for research. He is a man TRULY dedicated to his work. And what's even better, he is a truly kind and caring person. He is not the cold and stiff and impersonal doctor type! When you leave his office, you feel like he is your FRIEND, not just your surgeon. The hospital he operates from has won many awards including a recent one for patient safety. He is a world class doctor working at a world class hospital...... it is WELL WORTH ANY TRAVELLING YOU MAY HAVE TO DO TO SEEK HIM AND THIS HOSPITAL OUT!!!!! We traveled 250 miles to have my son's operation done by this doctor when there were other cleft lift doctors in Maryland, only 50 MILES AWAY. We chose to go the greater distance for this doctor's expertise and this hospital's safety record.

    WE WERE NOT DISAPPOINTED!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Dr. Rosengart's email is rosengartmr at upmc.edu If you have any questions or concerns, drop him a line. That way he can answer your questions himself, instead of his receptionist, and he will do so thoroughly.

    If you'd like to set up an appointment, his office number is: 412 647-0860 or412-647-0635
     
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    That's really great to know. Im in philly but I have family out there.

    Question though, is traveling post-op an issue or not?




    what procedure did he preform?
     
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    jaredsmom - I assume he does the cleft-lift thing.
    Thanks for the info and the recommendation. I may wait until an upcoming move to Pittsburgh to have this done. I've been 'living with it' for 9 years and it's kind of annoying and now it's flaring up on me again.

    My GF is a nurse and may be getting employment at that very hospital so that could all be kind of amusing.


    seamusS - It appears jaredsmom isn't responding within this thread anymore. I'm not going to be doing this until mid/late October at the earliest. If you have any experience with this guy before then I would appreciate your input. Otherwise I may be letting you know how it ends up going with me.
     
  7. Jaredsmom

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    Seamus & Bob...


    Jared had a cleft lift.

    Dr. Rosengart does the cleft lift, or if he thinks you are a good candidate for it, he can do a "pit picking" instead.

    He is a super fantastic person, and a well respected and very skilled surgeon.

    Jared had his cleft lift done six months ago, and he is doing fabulously well. SO WELL, in fact, that he is taking horseback riding lessons three times a week and has been doing so for the last three months.

    I cannot say enough good things about dr. Rosengart. He is a critical care/trauma surgeon who does his cleft lifts JUST LIKE BASCOM does. Some doctors do variations and change things,,,, he DOESN'T. We LOVE him....he's that fantastic. And the hospital he works at won awards as one of the top hospitals in the nation and has been on the list of best hospitals many years in a row.....University of Pittsburgh Medical Center - Presbyterian.

    Their anesthesiology department is top notch, which is always a great relief..... and UPMC Presby is a level 1 trauma center with an exemplary record of expertise and patient safety....

    Who could ask for more???
     
  8. False Alarm

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    I had what I thought might have been Pilonidal problems. Through this forum I found Jaredsmom's reccomendation to see Dr. Rosengart. He his such a genuinely nice guy and always responds his emails. He was temporarly out of the office for the weekend so he suggested I go to the UPMC Presby ER. I just got back from the ER and I had a great doctor who knew Dr. Rosengart. It turned out it was a false alarm- I do not have pilonidal isssues, I simply had really bad abcess. I would reccommend anyone in the Pittsburgh area to see Dr. Rosengart or the UPMC team in general. I also want to say good luck to anyone with these problems!!
     
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    Dr.Rosengart

    I've had my cyst for about 5 years. I just got tired of having to deal with it and the constant draining but was hesitant because of the surgrery and the huge scars and healing time Ive read about here. So...I went to see Dr. Rosengart at Presby in Pittsburgh. He looked at it and asked if I wanted to take care of it now.... I said sure. He gave me a few numbing shots and within 15 minutes I was up and drove home for an hour. No pain...no huge scars. I got a bandaid...and was on my way. I actually had 2 cysts of which he said looked very "angry". But I was shocked at how easy he made it. It's been 2 weeks and no draing, no blood, no scars, no nothing. It was nothing at all....and it's done and over with!! I feel bad for the people who go through these big cuts and scars and healing. (I was catching baseball with my son that night!) Dr. Rosengart is excellent.. and very down to earth and nice. If I would have known how easy Dr. Rosengart made it...I would have done this years ago. There is no need for what some of you went through...or are going to go through. I had a very bad case and saw a few Drs. who wanted to do the same surgery as most have had here. Boy... am I glad I found Dr. Rosengart!!! My recovery took about 5 minutes. If you are in the area, do yourself a huge favor and go see him. IM SO GLAD THIS IS OVER WITH!!!:)
     
  10. Jaredsmom

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    I hate to say this but...."I told you so!!!":p

    Dr. Rosengart IS TOTALLY fantastic. He's an exemplary surgeon and very skilled in cleft lifts, AND he is the nicest man you will ever meet!!!!

    My whole family just adores him!

    He's one in a million!
     
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    Had a follow up appt. with Dr.Rosengart.(1 month) No draining or re-occurance at all. Feels great...no pain...no blistering...no nothing..its gone!!

    Special THANKS to JAREDSMOM for sending me to Dr.Rosengart! You literally saved my ass!!!:D
     
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    :)You are VERY welcome, talex!!!!


    Jared is 16 months post Dr. Rosengart's cleft lift and is doing FABULOUSLY. He even rides horses...


    I'm glad I was of some help, talex.....


    CONGRATULATIONS![^^][^^][^^]
     
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    Hi, I am new here and wanted to know if anyone has gone to or knows if Dr. Rombeau is good and if they have had success with him. Thanks!
     
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    Talex,

    What procedure did he use? Did you/Do you have pits?

    Thanks
     
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    Did you ever end up visiting Dr. Rombeau? I am considering visiting him also.
     
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    Pilonidal first timer

    Hi all,

    I just received my first dx of pilonidal abscess yesterday. I had it lanced after being up all night due to an extraordinarily painful inflammation. I've been reading everything on this site and after speaking to the doctors here it they mentioned that my case is fortunately not complicated, but that I should still seek a corrective procedure since probability of recurrence is high. I discussed pit picking today, and he'd not heard of this procedure, so he recommended exploring it further with someone familiar with it. I'm very interested in finding a good surgeon in the Philadelphia area that is skilled in less invasive methods (though if I truly need something more extensive, I'll have to go that route). I just have a couple questions that someone can hopefully help with:

    1) anyone hear about/had experience with Dr. Rombeau?

    2) for Dr. Caplan, what kinds of procedures have people received? looks like the list says cleft lift; does he also do pit picking in anyone's experience? also, I note that he's a plastic surgeon/neurosurgeon specifically, how'd he become involved with the pilonidal surgeries?

    3) are there any other recommended doctors/specialists from Philly area people have worked with?

    thanks alot fellow Pilonidal warriors!
    ~John
     
  17. Alex'sMom

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    Hi Folks,
    My 16 year old son has the pilonidal cyst. He's had a previous surgery that failed. I saw Dr. Caplan's name in the list of PA surgeons & we saw him yesterday. I thought he was great. He does the cleft lift and his success rate is excellent. However I wanted to see whether someone would try the pit picking before we go to surgery and Dr. Caplan doesn't do pit picking. We have an appt. w/Dr. Rombeau on Monday and according to the list he does both pit picking and cleft lift. I'll see what he says.
     
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    Hi JDM454,
    Did you see Dr. Rombeau yet? My son has an appointment with him this coming Monday. I'm hoping he'll do the pit picking. I've been advised to look into that for Alex.

    We saw Dr. Caplan and I am happy with him but I do want to check this option out since we were told my son might be an appropriate candidate.
    Best of luck to you. Let me know how you make out.
     
  19. Jaredsmom

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    Nomo,

    Dr. Rosengart does both cleft lift and pit picking. We decided against the pit picking because of my son's deep cleft, and because it requires multiple visits, and we are 4 hours from Pittsburgh. It would have required too much travel, and not many forum members have had pit picking, so I was and am unsure of it's success rate.

    I agree 100% with talex, whichever procedure you choose, Dr. rosengart is an excellent pilonidal surgeon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Dr. Rosengart did my son's cleft lift, and it was a very easy post op. He knows what he's doing, and I thank God we found him!!

    My son is coming up on his two year anniversary of having his cleft lift....and he's still pilo free. [:8)]2 years!!!!
     
  20. Johnny 5

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    Just wanted to follow up to see if anyone else has visited either of the Philly-area docs on the list, Dr. Caplan or Dr. Rombeau. I'm going to have to have my "little friend" taken care of soon, and just wanted to know which of these doctors I should go to; would particularly like to hear if anyone out there has seen both and has a preference.

    Thanks!
     

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