Laser Surgery For Pilonidal Sinus

Pilonidal sinus (PNS) is an acquired condition characterised by trapping of hair inside a skin fold commonly found in the cleft at the top of the buttocks. These trapped hairs lead to a foreign body reaction resulting in a cyst. A pilonidal cyst usually contains hair, dirt, and debris. This cyst may sometimes get infected and give rise to abscess (pus filled cavity) which eventually ruptures and forms a discharging sinus (pilonidal sinus), says Dr. Purnendu Bhowmik, the best proctologist in Kolkata associated with Clinica Health.

Who are more prone to have pilonidal sinus?

  • There are certain factors, which make you predisposed to pilonidal sinus, such as:
  • Male sex
  • Younger age (most common in people in their 20s)
  • Obesity
  • Occupation requiring prolonged sitting
  • Excess body hair
  • Stiff or coarse hair

How can you prevent it to develop?

Keep the area around buttock clean

Lose weight

Avoid sitting for too long to keep pressure off the area

Shave the hairs around your buttocks regularly

Can a pilonidal sinus heal on its own?

Though in some cases, the sinus may heal and close by itself, in majority of the cases, surgical intervention is needed

What happens if a pilonidal cyst goes untreated?

If untreated, a pilonidal cyst may lead to an abscess which when ruptures form pilonidal sinus

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms of a pilonidal cyst/sinus include:

  • Swelling at the bottom of the spine
  • Pain and redness
  • Discharge of foul smelling pus or blood out of it
  • Fever

What are the treatment options for pilonidal sinus in Kolkata?

Many techniques are available to treat this condition surgically. But few are in vogue. Most commonly used are simple incision, excision, plastic surgery techniques & marsupialization

What are the disadvantages of conventional open surgery for pilonidal sinus?

Almost all these techniques result in prolonged hospital stay, large surgical wound, need of regular dressing, high morbidity, patients discomfort and delayed resumption to work. On the other hand, pilonidal sinus laser treatment in Kolkata ensures shorter hospital stays and is almost painless, allowing for a quicker recovery.

 How and what to choose for?

  • Pilonidal sinus is a disappointingly stubborn condition for both patient and surgeon alike, because of its propensity to recur.
  • The ideal method used to treat the condition should satisfy the following goals:
  • Wound healing with a low risk of recurrence
  • Short hospitalisation
  • Maximal patient comfort
  • Low morbidity, with few wound-management problems
  • Early resumption to normal daily activity

What is laser ablation of pilonidal sinus or laser pilonidotomy?

Pilonidal-Sinus

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