What’s New? 11 Treatments for Pilonidal Cyst

Incision, Drainage, Closing of Wound

Just like the incision and drainage procedure, this treatment option includes having a trained surgeon makes a small incision on the pilonidal cyst and drain it. Unlike the incision and drainage procedure, however, there is no need to pack gauze because this cyst removal surgery is not left open.

The closure of the incision site can be done using a sterile foam dressing to apply a controlled sub-atmospheric pressure over the incisional surface. This process is called closed incision negative pressure therapy (ciNPT). Through this, the surgeon creates a vacuum-closed system that can hold the incisional edges together and keep blood vessels safe. It makes it easier to remove exudate, effectively getting rid of tissue loss or several infections common in open wounds and making it a valuable asset in post-surgical healing.

Closing incisions after cyst drainage helps shorten hospital stays and minimize recurrence and infection. The closure can be a barrier that keeps infectious materials out of the incisional area. The only downside is that if there are problems at the incision site, it will be harder to remove cysts this way.