Cleft Lift After 1.5 Years


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Hi all,

Like many of you, I struggled with living with a pilonidal cyst. The constant pain, bleeding, embarrassment that come with this disease were a lot to deal with as a male in his early 20s. I’m glad to say that 1.5 years post surgery I am still completely cyst free! Along with being a hopeful light at the end of the tunnel I’m writing this post to chronicle some of the steps that I took to manage and ultimately excise my cyst.

Beginning with management, I found some success using a microwaves sock with rice in it. I applied this daily (covered in a paper towel) to my cyst and while this did not cure it by any means, it did reduce the inflammation and made my cyst much more manageable on a day to day basis.

More importantly though, I opted to go with the cleft lift procedure over other surgical options. I cannot recommend this procedure enough and it is in my opinion the only way to go about permanently dealing with a pilonidal cyst. For a full overview of what this surgery is and how it differs from conventional treatments I recommend you check out Dr. Sternberg, who was my surgeon, runs an excellent clinic and I highly recommend him.