Sinus Laser Ablation of Pilonidal Cyst SiLaC®

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What Is A Pilonidal Cyst?

A pilonidal cyst looks like a large pimple and forms at the bottom of the tailbone. These cysts can turn into pilonidal abscesses if they get infected. Men are more likely to experience pilonidal cysts than women and individuals who do a lot of sitting, like truck drivers, are more susceptible to pilonidal cysts. They can be quite painful and, due to their location on the coccyx, can affect an individual’s quality of life. Historically, the most effective form of treatment for pilonidal cysts has been to lance, drain and remove them through surgery.

What Causes Pilonidal Cysts?

One of the most common causes of these cysts is ingrown hairs. Sinus Pilonidalis translated from Latin literally means “hair nest” Doctors have found hair follicles inside cysts they have surgically removed. Hair follicles can get clogged by dead skin and can force hair to grow the wrong way and into the skin. This can introduce bacteria and result in an infection causing a raised pimple-like bump. This bump can fill with pus and become red and painful. Other conditions that can contribute to the formation of pilonidal cysts include:
  • Trauma to that area of the body;
  • Prolonged periods of sitting;
  • Obesity;
  • Sweating excessively;
  • Excessively hairy.

Symptoms & Signs of Pilonidal Cysts

  • Fever;
  • Bloody or foul pus-like discharge;
  • Painful;
  • Raised, red, swollen pimple-like bump on coccyx near the base of the spine.

How Are Pilonidal Cysts Diagnosed?

Pilonidal cysts are visible to the naked eye and can be diagnosed by your doctor through an external exam. If a pilonidal cyst is discovered it requires treatment or it may become a chronic condition or may develop into sepsis – a life-threatening systemic infection.

Treatment For Pilonidal Cysts

Depending on how severe the cyst, it may require surgical intervention. Some treatments used for less serious pilonidal cysts include:
  • Draining – a doctor can lance, drain and disinfect the cyst in their office – the recovery can take about 3 weeks;
  • Injections – some mild pilonidal cysts can be treated with Injections of phenol;
  • Antibiotics – some antibiotics can help alleviate inflammation of the skin but will not treat the pilonidal cyst;
  • Laser Hair Removal – eliminating excess hair will help mitigate risks of ingrown hairs and recurrence of cysts;
  • Sitz Baths – soaking in a warm tub of water can help alleviate pain and may cause the cyst to drain.

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Treatment For Severe Pilonidal Cysts

Surgical intervention is sometimes needed to treat severe pilonidal cysts that have abscessed and created a sinus cavity. This requires the surgeon to use one of a few different techniques available to excise and remove the entire cyst as well as diseased tissue and sinus cavity. Surgery to remove a pilonidal cyst is performed under general anesthesia takes about 45 minutes to complete. The recovery can take up to 3 months.

Non-Surgical Treatment for Pilonidal Cysts SiLaC®

Sinus laser ablation of the pilonidal cyst SiLaC® is a minimally-invasive procedure that uses laser ablation to eliminate coccyx fistulas or pilonidal cysts. The laser therapy SiLaC® is a safe and effective procedure with excellent healing, minimal wound surfaces, and impressive aesthetic outcomes.

How Does SiLaC® Work To Treat Pilonidal Cysts?

Illustration: Sinus Pilonidalis Laser Ablation of Pilonidal Cysts (SiLaC)
The SiLaC® laser treatment is usually done while the patient is under general anesthesia and only takes about 10 minutes to perform. During the SiLaC® procedure, the surgeon inserts a tiny flexible laser probe into the inflamed coccyx fistula and as it is pulled back out it safely delivers laser energy in a 360-degree radius causing the sinus cavity to shrink and close. Sometimes it requires two passes to adequately close a badly infected cavity.

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What Are The Benefits Of the SiLaC® Procedure?

The pilonidal cyst treatment SiLaC® is much less invasive than traditional surgery and also offers:
  • Very little pain;
  • Short time under general anesthesia;
  • Minimal wound area;
  • Speedy recovery;
  • Safely removes inflamed tissue and excess hair to prevent reoccurence.

Who Is A Candidate For the Laser Ablation SiLaC®?

Anyone who is suffering from painful boils, abscesses, or cysts at the base of their tailbone (coccyx) is a candidate. Due to its non-surgical and minimally-invasive nature, the SiLaC® procedure is suitable for almost every patient.

How Much Does the SiLaC® Procedure Cost?

The average cost of SiLaC® is $3,900 but may vary depending on specific circumstances. At IBI Healthcare Institute, all-inclusive transparent pricing is offered that automatically includes the skill, expertise, and knowledge of the surgeon who will be performing the procedure with no hidden fees. Enroll in the IBI Healthcare Institute Rewards Program to save money on treatments. Visit our pricing page to view IBI Healthcare Institute’s self-pay all-inclusive pricing. The actual price may be influenced by insurance coverage, health status, or the use of additional resources. We also offer financing options for qualified customers.

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