If you have Pilonidal Cysts and are looking for a procedure with advantages such as minimal invasiveness, no anesthesia, no downtime, and minimal scar tissue formation, then Phenol Treatment is a great choice of treatment for you. What’s better, is that the procedure is performed right in the physician’s office.
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What is Phenol Treatment for Pilonidal Cysts?
Crystallized phenol liquifies when placed in the pilonidal sinus. It irritates the inner wall of the pilonidal sinus cavity, forcing a reaction that leads to the sinus scarring and closure of the cavity. This procedure has important advantages as it does not require you to undergo anesthesia in an operating room.
Q: When is it used?
A: Liquid or crystallized phenol injections have been used for the treatment of mild to moderate pilonidal cysts and for patients seeking minimally invasive treatment options.
Q: How successful is it?
A: A one-time application has a 64.5% cure rate, and the rate of success approaches 95% with two or more applications.
Q: Is it painful?
A: Most patients report a mild burning sensation that subsides within a day, and requires no pain medications.
Q: How many treatments does it typically take?
A: The average number of treatments at different times is 2-3, though some patients will require more. Some patients only require 1 treatment.
Q: What is the treatment like?
A: Treatment will be in Dr. Kamrava’s medical office. The pit is widened with a sterile clamp, and the hair and debris that are in the cavity are cleared out. Dr. Kamrava will then place phenol crystals into the wound which will liquify and irritate the surrounding tissue, initiating the healing cycle.
Q: What is the recovery time?
A: Most patients are back at work the same day or the day after.
Q: Complications to consider?
A: The most frequent adverse event is irritation to the surrounding skin by the phenol liquid that drains out. Typically irritation is well managed with the simple application of antibiotic ointments.