California (Northern) Surgeons

Susan Stanford

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I am also able to highly, highly recommend Dr. Sternberg, as recommended in several previous posts by others. My son had 4 previous excision surgeries (over 6 1/2 years) with chronic non-healing wounds despite the efforts of wound care professionals. Dr. Sternberg performed a cleft lift on my son which repaired all previous damage. I am still in awe at the healing that has taken place. He never needed pain pills (he has a high pain tolerance from other surgeries), was able to walk that day, and return to work in a week. In addition to being a highly trained surgeon and an expert in pilonidal disease and the cleft lift, Dr. Sternberg is incredibly compassionate, humble, soft-spoken, and a great listener. His website is the most informative resource that I have found on pilonidal disease: www.pilonidalsurgery.com. We traveled over 2000 miles to see him - worth every penny.

Dr. Jeffrey Sternberg
MD, FACS, FASCRS
The Sternberg Clinic
77 Van Ness Avenue
Suite 302
San Francisco, CA. 94102
415-821-8000
 

Roblifetime

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Dr. Sternberg is a world class, expert surgeon for Pilonidal, specializing in the cleft lift procedure. When people say "my doctor is the world's best" - for Pilonidal that means Dr. Sternberg. I had the cleft lift surgery from him this year and echo everyone's sentiment: Dr. Sternberg has a stellar reputation here on pilonidal.org (message boards, FAQ, etc.), he's a consummate professional with calming style in person, great at walking you through every step, and expert at the actual procedure. My recovery was exactly the expectations he set - minor discomfort in the week following the surgery, but no major pain - and I'm a bonafide wimp with pain. My main challenge was deciding what to binge watch the main week of recovery (The Americans, all 6 seasons won!). If you suffer from Pilonidal, or know anyone that does, please consider going to Dr. Sternberg.

Dr. Jeffrey Sternberg MD, FACS, FASCRS
The Sternberg Clinic
77 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA. 94102
415-821-8000

Check out his website here: https://www.pilonidalsurgery.com

Rob
 
I just want to share my experience with Dr. Sternberg. In my experience he was pushing me to go for the Cleft lift procedure and his explanation of pit picking was 'old school' i.e. as described in the first paper from Dr. Bascom, pit picking has evolved much more since then and now Dr. Bascom (son of Dr. Bascom) excises the whole tunnel while pit picking. That's the procedure I decided to have and have been disease free for over 3 years now.

Cleft lift is a considerably more involving procedure than pit picking as Dr. Bascom (and some other up-to-date surgeons perform it) so should not be the first treatment modality. Just my two cents.
 

415gd

New Member
I just want to share my experience with Dr. Sternberg. In my experience he was pushing me to go for the Cleft lift procedure and his explanation of pit picking was 'old school' i.e. as described in the first paper from Dr. Bascom, pit picking has evolved much more since then and now Dr. Bascom (son of Dr. Bascom) excises the whole tunnel while pit picking. That's the procedure I decided to have and have been disease free for over 3 years now.

Cleft lift is a considerably more involving procedure than pit picking as Dr. Bascom (and some other up-to-date surgeons perform it) so should not be the first treatment modality. Just my two cents.
Where did you have the pit picking procedure?! All the surgeons I have spoken to have just given me an eye roll when I mention it and seem to only want to push for the cleft lift-which I am not interested in. Are there any surgeons in the Bay Area that perform pit picking?
 
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