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A novel approach for treatment of sacrococcygeal pilonidal sinus: less is more


Soll, C; Hahnloser, D; Dindo, D; Clavien, P A; Hetzer, F (2008). A novel approach for treatment of sacrococcygeal pilonidal sinus: less is more. International journal of Colorectal Disease, 23(2):177-180.

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The surgical management of sacrococcygeal pilonidal sinus (PS) is still a matter of discussion. Therapy ranges from complete wide excision with or without closure of the wound to excochleation of the sinus with a brush. In this paper, we introduce a novel limited excision technique. The aim of this study was to assess the morbidity and recurrence rate of this technique. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Limited excision consisted of a selective extirpation of the sinus after tagging the tract with methylene blue. Ninety-three consecutive patients, who underwent surgery between 2001 and 2004, were analyzed. The patients' survey was performed by mail questionnaire and telephone interview inquiring recurrence, time off work, and time to wound healing. RESULTS: Seventy-three percent of the patients were treated in an outpatient setting. With a median follow-up of 2 years, the recurrence rate was 5%. The median time off work was 2 weeks. The median wound healing time was 5 weeks. CONCLUSION: Limited excision for PS can be done in an outpatient setting with a low recurrence rate and short time off work.

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The surgical management of sacrococcygeal pilonidal sinus (PS) is still a matter of discussion. Therapy ranges from complete wide excision with or without closure of the wound to excochleation of the sinus with a brush. In this paper, we introduce a novel limited excision technique. The aim of this study was to assess the morbidity and recurrence rate of this technique. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Limited excision consisted of a selective extirpation of the sinus after tagging the tract with methylene blue. Ninety-three consecutive patients, who underwent surgery between 2001 and 2004, were analyzed. The patients' survey was performed by mail questionnaire and telephone interview inquiring recurrence, time off work, and time to wound healing. RESULTS: Seventy-three percent of the patients were treated in an outpatient setting. With a median follow-up of 2 years, the recurrence rate was 5%. The median time off work was 2 weeks. The median wound healing time was 5 weeks. CONCLUSION: Limited excision for PS can be done in an outpatient setting with a low recurrence rate and short time off work.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Visceral and Transplantation Surgery
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2008
Deposited On:18 Dec 2008 12:11
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:43
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0179-1958
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/s00384-007-0377-9
PubMed ID:17703314

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