Even after many attempts at curing a pilonidal cyst with home treatment, sometimes pilonidal cyst surgery is the only option. Although a relatively harmless procedure, the surgery does not come without some risks, and the recovery time causes perhaps the most inconvenience.
This article will explain the pilonidal cyst surgery recovery time, allowing you to be more informed before making your ultimate decision. As with all surgery it can be potentially life-changing, so it is absolutely essential you do your due-diligence, and the information contain hereinafter will help you do so.
What does the surgery involve?
Pilonidal cyst surgery is a fairly routine operation. Although not common, many surgeons are very capable of performing the surgery safely and efficiently. As such, only the standard risks usually associated with surgery apply here too. These include being put under general anaesthetic and certain allergic reactions. The cyst is then cut out, and you’re left with a big gaping open wound where your cyst was.
After this comes the recovery. You may be kept in until you have regained clear thinking, and then you will be sent home with gauze taped to where your cyst once was, and where there is now an open wound.
A nurse will then usually visit your home and redress your gauze every few days or so, in order to ensure it stays clean and to keep and eye on how it is recovering. This can provide peace of mind, as it’s unlikely you by yourself will be unable to tell how it is recovering, or if it is infected.
The skin will slowly but surely begin to heal and repair itself around the wound. This may take anywhere from a few months to a year, but the normal recovery time is roughly three to six months.
During this time it is advised that you move as minimally as possible. It is a fairly major operation, and as such the recovery should be treated as such. If you work from home this obviously won’t be a problem, but if you are for example a stunt driver, you won’t be able to work. You’ll also have to keep it clean and follow all the procedures laid out for you by the doctors to the letter, and you want to minimize your risk of infection.
Overall, be sensible during the pilonidal cyst surgery recovery time and don’t do anything outrageous. The more you rest, the quicker you will heal, and then you will be able to get back to your normal routine.
Please don’t let this article scare you. Sometimes surgery is the only way to get rid of a pilonidal cyst for good. If your doctor advises you to have the surgery, listen!