I'm new to this forum and stumbled upon it because I am absolutely terrified to have surgery. I got my first cyst back in October, had to go to the E.R. and get it lanced. Last Thursday I started getting that pain of a bruised tailbone every time I sat down or laid on my back. I went back to the specialist I originally saw in October and he said that he would need to perform an excision of pilonidal cyst with the wound primarily closed. I read some stories on this forum about the different procedures, recovery times and complications and it seems to me that the cleft lift is the better option. I made an appointment with Dr. Marc Brand in Chicago for next Tuesday to get a second opinion. Any suggestions on questions I should ask him? Is he a good specialist to see for this surgery?