Laser surgery to destroy sinus??

TxMom

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Does anyone know of US surgeons performing laser surgery or endoscopic ablation to destroy and collapse the sinus? Some promising data but I can only find European surgeons taking this new approach.
 

HappyPhantom

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Me too - I’ll be closely following this thread!! I haven’t had any surgeries yet (just the lance/drain/packing routine) bc I’m holding out for laser.
 

CLOUDSTRIFE

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In the same boat. Looking for laser surgery after one failed cleft-lift procedure 6 months ago.

Your cleft procedure failed? Damn. I've been dealing with this shit for like 10 yrs. Only recently realizing it's a pilonidal cyst. I'm trying to get in with a Dr in Philadelphia who is the only one around who does that procedure but my insurance is being difficult. I can't afford to use trial and error on various surgeries that put me out of work for months. I'll lose my job.

There's a place in NJ for laser treatment. Google pilonidal cyst NJ it should come right up. I don't have a convenient means of getting there and my insurance won't cover that since out of state.
 

CLOUDSTRIFE

New Member
Does anyone know of US surgeons performing laser surgery or endoscopic ablation to destroy and collapse the sinus? Some promising data but I can only find European surgeons taking this new approach.
Google the pilonidal treatment center in NJ. I can't afford to go there but maybe you can. They do laser ablation there. Sorry thought I replied already
 

IndyDad

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Just wanted to update. Had mine done with Dr. Henry Govekar at Rush University Hospital in Chicago back in October. Couldn't be happier. Was back in work in a few days and could've gone sooner. Almost painless. Packed a few times a day but that didn't hurt either. No infection and no sign of recurrence so far! I was twilighted, not under general anesthesia but also don't remember it and didn't feel it. I was his first laser patient (he was interested and I requested that he try it out on me) and last I spoke to him he had done dozens more all with great results since. He's a colorectal surgeon not just a general surgeon and has experience with the laser from other procedures he'd been doing. I can't recommend him enough, he was kind and thorough and seemed to truly enjoy what he was doing. If anyone around Chicago needs theirs taken care of I'd give him a call. Drs that do the GIPS with laser are hard to find but the evidence is solid and it may be the most effective method overall case dependent. Rush was actually a pretty great hospital too except for the parking.
 

Guest_2

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When you
Just wanted to update. Had mine done with Dr. Henry Govekar at Rush University Hospital in Chicago back in October. Couldn't be happier. Was back in work in a few days and could've gone sooner. Almost painless. Packed a few times a day but that didn't hurt either. No infection and no sign of recurrence so far! I was twilighted, not under general anesthesia but also don't remember it and didn't feel it. I was his first laser patient (he was interested and I requested that he try it out on me) and last I spoke to him he had done dozens more all with great results since. He's a colorectal surgeon not just a general surgeon and has experience with the laser from other procedures he'd been doing. I can't recommend him enough, he was kind and thorough and seemed to truly enjoy what he was doing. If anyone around Chicago needs theirs taken care of I'd give him a call. Drs that do the GIPS with laser are hard to find but the evidence is solid and it may be the most effective method overall case dependent. Rush was actually a pretty great hospital too except for the parking.
When you mention GIPS + laser is effective do you mean laser where it just removes the hairs on the outside of the skin or where it literally gets the hair in the actual cavity / under the skin? I know some like Dr. Morgan in Toronto do the latter
 

IndyDad

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They punch out the sinus and clean the entire sinus then use the laser inside/under the skin as well. Nice to hear other doctors are starting to offer this. I am grateful I was able to have mine done that way.
 

Guest_2

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When you

When you mention GIPS + laser is effective do you mean laser where it just removes the hairs on the outside of the skin or where it literally gets the hair in the actual cavity / under the skin? I know some like Dr. Morgan in Toronto do the latter
I wonder how that laser prevents the hairs from growing back on the inside of skin - I assume it's non-permanent hair removal.

May I ask how long after the scar is visible from GIPS?
 

blue.sunshine

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Google the pilonidal treatment center in NJ. I can't afford to go there but maybe you can. They do laser ablation there. Sorry thought I replied already
Your cleft procedure failed? Damn. I've been dealing with this shit for like 10 yrs. Only recently realizing it's a pilonidal cyst. I'm trying to get in with a Dr in Philadelphia who is the only one around who does that procedure but my insurance is being difficult. I can't afford to use trial and error on various surgeries that put me out of work for months. I'll lose my job.

There's a place in NJ for laser treatment. Google pilonidal cyst NJ it should come right up. I don't have a convenient means of getting there and my insurance won't cover that since out of state.

Hey @CLOUDSTRIFE - I'm new here & in a similar boat. Also near the Philadelphia area & with an active job. I'm not sure if you're still on this site or check in, but am curious how you're getting along & if you have had any treatments for it? I just started researching what this thing was, & found this website. Seems like some great info here. What Dr are you referring to that treats Pilonidals in Philly? Any luck w/ your journey ? I'm looking to get something done, just not sure what route to take either?? Thanks either way, hope you are well.
 

Guest_2

New Member
Just wanted to update. Had mine done with Dr. Henry Govekar at Rush University Hospital in Chicago back in October. Couldn't be happier. Was back in work in a few days and could've gone sooner. Almost painless. Packed a few times a day but that didn't hurt either. No infection and no sign of recurrence so far! I was twilighted, not under general anesthesia but also don't remember it and didn't feel it. I was his first laser patient (he was interested and I requested that he try it out on me) and last I spoke to him he had done dozens more all with great results since. He's a colorectal surgeon not just a general surgeon and has experience with the laser from other procedures he'd been doing. I can't recommend him enough, he was kind and thorough and seemed to truly enjoy what he was doing. If anyone around Chicago needs theirs taken care of I'd give him a call. Drs that do the GIPS with laser are hard to find but the evidence is solid and it may be the most effective method overall case dependent. Rush was actually a pretty great hospital too except for the parking.
Hey may I ask how much did Dr. Govekar charge you for your procedure?
 

PilosuffererCDN

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In the same boat. Looking for laser surgery after one failed cleft-lift procedure 6 months ago.
Can I ask for details on why it failed? I’ve really only read good things about cleft lift but I do want to know the bad as well to weigh my options! Can you disclose the doctor and problem that happened, just for my own research, as I’m trying to find a solution for myself.
 

Apriljan

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I found 2 dr in LA, one specifically in Beverly Hills that do the laser treatment. Wanted to charge 300-500$ for the consultation
 
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