Is surgery a good option?

#1
Hello, never though I would be joining this forum. But for last year or two, this has hugged me. So here am I. Following is the timeline.

Happened 1.5 years back, minor pain while sitting. Ignored it for few days thinking that it will go away on its own and its probably a swollen muscle. But instead, it became painful (torturing). I could only lay upside down, no sitting or straight sleep. This stayed for 2 days till it blasted on its own when I was sitting in restroom. Visible bleeding and cyst came out. Pain went away. I though it was over, was probably a one off pimple at odd place.

But after an year, it came back. Same few days of slight discomfort followed by painful 2-3 days. Second time it stayed where it was and didnt came out on its own.
Went to ER hospital, they told me to get a surgery during regular days. Since it never felt worthy of a surgery, I asked for a quick fix, resulting in a painful injection followed by opening the wound and draining the cyst out. It fixed me right away, although the wound was kept open for 5-6 days requiring new bandages and cleaning every day. Meanwhile I tried Cipro but it never worked, moved to Augmentin to 875 to help it out. Don't know whether it helped or the draining took it out. Doc asked me to get a complete surgery which will include some sort of cutting out of entire hairy area (it seems scary so I am refusing even today).

But after couple of months, its back again. This time it drained a bit even during minor days, but unlike previous times I have not waited for painful days, I asked doc and he told me to start taking Augmentin 1gx2 per day and to keep it clean + Fucidin cream. So far its getting better and not feeling more discomfort, but I am afraid for future. I cant take anti-biotics after every 3-4 months. I already had a severe reaction from ciproxin resulting in weakened arms/legs, pins and needles, and twitching that happens even today after so many years.

Is surgery easy? and what are its success chances? or failure chances? How long would it take for me to be moving again after surgery (I cant ask for more than 2-3 leaves from my workplace). is there any other way should I try to cure it?
 
#2
I am wondering the same. I am quite scared of surgery. But I am now dealing with my 4th cyst over the course of 6 years. The one I had before this I got after giving birth to my daughter in December. I was referred for surgery but decided not to go through with it... this sucks !
 

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#3
It really depends if you can live with it or not. Some people, some can't.

Check out http://pilonidal.net/operations which does a good job of describing all the different operations. As for success rates, it varies from person to person. A lot of people here have had multiple surgeries (draining, open wound, closed wound, flap) and have had recurrence.

Many people highly regard the cleft lift procedure as a true cure to pilonidal disease, but I've read posts from people on this forum where it came back, but don't let that discourage you (I had the cleft lift and I think its def the best procedure out of all the available options).

You need to do a lot of research and pick the operation best for you.
 
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I am wondering the same. I am quite scared of surgery. But I am now dealing with my 4th cyst over the course of 6 years. The one I had before this I got after giving birth to my daughter in December. I was referred for surgery but decided not to go through with it... this sucks !
Don't be afraid of surgery. Its the time of recovery and reoccurrence that scares me.
 
#5
It really depends if you can live with it or not. Some people, some can't.

Check out http://pilonidal.net/operations which does a good job of describing all the different operations. As for success rates, it varies from person to person. A lot of people here have had multiple surgeries (draining, open wound, closed wound, flap) and have had recurrence.

Many people highly regard the cleft lift procedure as a true cure to pilonidal disease, but I've read posts from people on this forum where it came back, but don't let that discourage you (I had the cleft lift and I think its def the best procedure out of all the available options).

You need to do a lot of research and pick the operation best for you.
Thank you, all these for pilonidal? They never mentioned me the types :/
 
#6
Thank you, all these for pilonidal? They never mentioned me the types :/
Yea there is a lot of different literature on the success of each type of surgery. The cleft lift science makes sense to me so far, so that's why I went out of the way to find someone to do it.

That's why the key advice most people give on the forums is "do research on pilonidal disease/treatment and make a educated decision on what to do". Never rush into anything with this till everything is vetted.