I have had my cyst for a long time now, about a year, but it never bothered me enough to bring it up to anyone. (It stays as an open cyst for some reason, probably has the width of 3/4 of a dime and does not hurt when I sit down but does when I apply direct pressure to that area, such as performing a sit up. It does discharge everyday, which sucks, and I just clean it when in the shower.)When I went to my general doctors appointment, I got the courage to inform her about my situation, where she would later send me to meet a surgeon and also gave me antibiotics due to it being infected. I already knew that I had a Pilonidal cyst before going to meet either the doctor or surgeon just by doing research on my own, and read that just about everyone who had it needed surgery to fix the problem. When I meet with the surgeon she checked out my cyst and told me that it was pretty deep and had some pockets and stuff inside. Being mentally prepared to hear that I needed surgery I was surprised when she told me to just take two hot baths a day, clean the hair out of the area and have gauze around the cyst( not directly inside the cyst but outside to collect any discharge). I asked her how long this process would take and she said a few months. Is this actually a method of getting rid of the cyst, or just a way of preparing me for surgery and cleaning the area,( I am only 16 so I didn't know if she just wants to wait till later because I said it didn't bother me too much) she seemed like a knowledgable doctor and all, but I have never heard of this particular method being performed to fix the problem. If anyone could help fill me in on what this method does and how it works, as well as the usual healing time for this process I would appreciate it, thank you.