Pilonidal Cyst Excision Surgery in Anchorage, AK

Pilonidal cyst excision surgery is needed to remove a cyst at the top of the crease of your rear end. Your surgeon makes a small cut to remove the cyst and tissues around it. Dr. Madhu Prasad, a trusted general surgeon in Anchorage, AK has years of experience with successful and convincing outcomes.

What Is a Pilonidal Cyst?

A pilonidal cyst is an abnormal pocket in the skin, which generally contains skin debris and hair. It is located near the tailbone at the top of the cleft of the buttocks. Mostly, people who sit or drive for a long time suffer from pilonidal cysts.

How Does a Pilonidal Cyst Occur?

It is caused by skin debris and hair that gets trapped in the pores of the skin in the upper cleft of the buttock. The other causes of the pilonidal cyst are:

  • Skin irritation
  • Injury
  • Rubbing

What Are the Symptoms of Pilonidal Cyst?

If the pilonidal cyst is infected or inflamed, you may have these symptoms near the affected area of the skin:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Redness or irritation
  • Open, draining wound

When Do You Need to Undergo Surgery?

You need to undergo surgery if you have a pilonidal cyst that is causing infection or pain. A pilonidal cyst that is not showing any symptoms does not require treatment. Nevertheless, be sure to consult with your physician to determine if you need surgery.

How Is a Pilonidal Cyst Diagnosed?

Your surgeon will ask you about your symptoms and conduct a physical examination to diagnose your pilonidal cyst.

How Is Pilonidal Cyst Surgery Performed?

Local anesthesia is used during the surgery. Your surgeon makes a small cut into the cyst and drains it. He or she then removes the hair follicles and tissues around it. The area may or may not be packed with gauze depending on how much tissue is removed.

How Long Do You Have to Stay in the Hospital After Pilonidal Cyst Surgery?

You may stay in the hospital for 1 to 2 days or go home the same day, depending on your condition and the procedure.

How Quickly Will You Recover?

Your recovery time depends on the outcome of your surgery. If your incision is left open, it may take a few weeks to several months to heal. If your incision is closed with stitches, it can take 4 weeks to recover completely.

Why Choose Us for Pilonidal Cyst Surgery?

At Far North Surgery, we use the latest surgical tools and techniques to diagnose and remove pilonidal cysts. Our team is experienced and delivers result with shorter recovery times and provides quality care to our patients.


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Dr. Madhu Prasad, M.D., FACS

Dr. Madhu Prasad has over 30+ years of experience working as a general surgeon and surgical oncologist and providing the highest level of care in Anchorage, Alaska. He believes in providing quality care to patients and their families. Inspired by compassion and humanism, Dr. Prasad and his team work for the well-being of their patients.

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