Pilonidal Sinus is a cyst or infection that forms in the top cleft of the buttocks. It may develop due to irritation to ingrown hairs.

Causes of Pilonidal Sinus

• Common in males.
• A sedentary lifestyle which includes sitting for long period of time.
• Thick and curly hairs near the buttocks.
• Any previous injury in that area.
Family history of pilonidal sinus.
• Deep cleft between the buttocks.

Symptoms of Pilonidal Sinus

• Pain or swelling in the tailbone area.
• Yellowish pus-like discharge from the infected area.
• Some of the physical activities such as riding a bicycle or doing sit-ups may be uncomfortable.
• Fever.

Laser Treatment for Pilonidal Sinus

Laser Pilonidalplasty (LPP)

This procedure is done using Leonardo laser. During the procedure, local anesthesia is given and then a small cut is made. Then all the pus is discharged or drained out. In the end, the sinus tract is sealed with a laser fiber.

Advantages of LPP

• Negligible recurrence rate.
• Day care procedure and patient can start his normal work routine from next day of surgery.
• Wound healing takes 6-8 weeks and thus recovery is much faster as compared to other procedures.

Preventive care for Pilonidal Sinus

• Keep the area clean and dry.
• Avoid sitting for long periods of time.
• Remove hairs from that area using razor or hair removal cream.

LPP was first time introduced in India at Healing Hands Clinic and is a minimally invasive procedure. Dr. Ashwin Porwal, the founder surgeon of HHC, is a well-known proctologist in India for the treatment of pilonidal sinus. The success rate of this procedure is also very high. The clinic has centers at Pune, Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Nashik and Bengaluru, and all the centers have a well-qualified team of doctors and surgeons.

Author's Bio: 

Proctologist at Healing Hands Clinic