Pilonidal Surgery After Care
Your surgeon has done his/her part, now it’s time for you to do yours. Pilonidal treatment is 10% surgery and 90% aftercare!
Taking care of yourself and your surgical would is where your part of the partnership between you and your surgeon comes into its own. Wound healing is its own science and has its own specialty field in medicine. Pilonidal surgical wounds, in particular, require far more care and special treatment than most other wounds because of their location in an airless environment that is hard to heal.
Wound care is slightly different for closed incisions and open healing, but many of the basics cover both. Understanding how the body heals wounds will make your recovery simpler and remove a tremendous amount of anxiety about what is normal and what is not.
Learn About Wound Healing
Wound Healing 101
An overview of the science of wound healing and introduction to the basics of Pilonidal surgical wounds and how they are treated.
Wound Healing 201
The Master Class on how the body heals wounds, both surgical and accidental. We go over the stages of wound healing and processes.
Vitamins & Nutrition
What you put into your body has a profound impact on how quickly you heal. Your body needs fuel and supplies to heal fast.
What to Expect During Healing
Activity While Healing
What can you do and when can you do it? How soon can you work out? How about getting back into sports? Answers are here.
How to Clean Your Wound
Keeping your wound clean is the most important part of the healing process. Keep bacteria and grunge from making trouble.
Wound Dressing Options
Dressings provide a barrier to keep the wound moist and protected. They can be as simple as basic gauze or seriously hi-tech.
Wound Drainage Types
A healing wound can drain all sorts of fluids of various colors and consistencies; this is a guide to what is good and bad.
What to do when things aren’t going as expected; when to take corrective action and when to get in to the doctor ASAP.
Wound Care Products
The world of wound care products is extensive. You may not need any of these, but it’s helpful to know what is out there.
After You’ve Healed
You made it all the way to the finish line and got your surgical wound closed! But then it starts acting up. Here’s what to do.
You and Your Scar
Your scar will continue to remodel and adjust for the first year after healing. It may get irritated and tender. Here’s why.
Hair removal is a topic of debate, read the pros and cons so you can make your own decision. Also, here’s what we’ve tried.
This page last updated: February 4, 2016