What is Pilonidal Sinus?

A pilonidal cyst is a small hole formed near the tailbone. The cyst may also contain dirt and hair, which when infected, causes severe pain, inflammation, and itching. People who have to sit for long hours or do not maintain proper hygiene are more to Pilonidal sinus.

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Pilonidal Sinus
Names of pilonidal sinus in different languages:
  • Pilonidal sinus in Hindi - पाइलोनिडल साइनस
  • Pilonidal sinus in Telugu: పైలో నైడల్ సైనస్
  • Pilonidal sinus in Tamil: பைலோனிடல் சைனஸ்
  • Pilonidal sinus in Bengali - পাইলনডাইল সাইনাস
Home remedies for pilonidal sinus:
  • Take sitz baths
  • Take vitamin c and zinc supplements
  • Use essential oils to soothe the area
  • Apply castor oil to prevent inflammation in the area
  • Stay physically active to improve blood flow
Risk factors for pilonidal sinus:
  • Male sex
  • Sedentary and inactive lifestyle
  • Long hours of sitting
  • Excess body hair
  • Obesity
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The diagnosis of Pilonidal sinus largely involves a physical exam. The doctor may ask a few questions about the symptoms, what supplements or medications you take and from how long you had this problem.


To treat the Pilonidal Sinus or cyst, the doctors can provide these effective treatments:

  • Phenol injection- The doctor injects a phenol into the cyst. This procedure causes the lesion to harden and ultimately close.
  • Traditional Surgery- The surgeon opens the lesions and removes all the pus and debris. Once the process is completed, the surgery stitches the wounds.
  • Advanced laser Surgery- The surgeon removes the pus and debris by opening the cyst using a laser-based procedure.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can a pilonidal sinus heal on its own?

In some cases, a pilonidal sinus can heal on its own. But then it can recur and cause other infections also. Hence, it is recommended to undergo laser surgeries that provide permanent relief and it is completely painless. Pristyn Care clinics are fully equipped with the latest technology to provide these laser treatments.

Is pilonidal sinus preventive?

Yes, it is absolutely preventive. It can be prevented by keeping the area clean, losing weight if needed or not sitting long without any break. But once developed, it can be treated with surgeries, especially laser-based. 

What is the safest procedure for curing Pilonidal Sinus in Kolkata?

Laser-based procedures which are U.S. Drugs and Food Administration are completely safe for treating Pilonidal sinus. Doctors are specially trained to provide these laser treatments. Pristyn Care takes the utmost care of their patients when providing a cure for piles, fissures, fistulas, varicose veins, and pilonidal sinus.

Can I drain the pus out from the cyst at home?

You should not try to drain the cyst on your own because it increases the chances of infection. Due to the lack of sterile materials, bacteria can enter the wound and cause an infection. Hence, it is better if you get the treatment from a specialist only.

Is pilonidal sinus surgery effective?

Yes, pilonidal sinus is best treated of abscess by surgery. It is quick, safe and effective. 

What is the cost of pilonidal sinus surgery in Kolkata? 

The surgery cost for pilonidal sinus runs between Rs. 60,000 to Rs. 70,000 in Kolkata. However, the exact expenses may vary a little depending on the doctor, hospital and the technique you choose.

Who is the best doctor pilonidal sinus treatment in Kolkata?

Pristyn Care works with some of the best surgeons in Kolkata. Our doctors are both specialised and experienced in treating pilonidal sinus with the most modern and painless treatment procedures available, including laser. To book your consultation with one of our doctors or know more about our list of associated hospitals, please call us directly. Our medical coordinators could also connect you to a doctor offline, at the comfort of your home.

Is there any ayurvedic treatment for pilonidal sinus?

The primary treatment for pilonidal sinus in ayurveda is Ksharsutra. This is a special medicated procedure to treat anorectal conditions by using herbal powders and strong alkali. But ayurvedic treatments are not capable of curing the disease from its root and also takes a very long time to show effective results. The only treatment that provides permanent relief from the condition is surgical treatment.

Which is the best cream for pilonidal sinus?

Metronidazole is one of the best and highly effective creams for pilonidal sinus management. The cream helps in clearing up the abscess and also prevents bacteria from multiplying.

How can I find the best doctor for pilonidal sinus near me?

To find the best proctologist in Kolkata who can help you with the best treatment for pilonidal sinus, you need to do a thorough research first. Take references, find out more about the doctor you want to check your condition with. Check for reviews and ratings and see what people are talking about them. Check out the doctor’s educational background and professional experience to evaluate if you can get the necessary treatment or not.

I live in Kolkata. Can I consult any anorectal specialist online for the condition of pilonidal sinus?

If you are looking for an anorectal specialist in Kolkata who can provide you treatment for pilonidal sinus, you can contact Pristyn Care. Pristyn Care houses some of the best anorectal specialists in Kolkata who have years of experience in treating pilonidal sinus with a high success rate.

How to cure pilonidal sinus in 3 days?

Surgery is the only effective treatment that can provide relief from the condition of pilonidal sinus. Medicines and non-surgical treatment approaches for pilonidal sinus do not provide effective results and also take a long time to show results. Laser surgical treatment for pilonidal sinus is an advanced, highly effective and the safest treatment that can cure pilonidal sinus in less than 3 days.

How to treat pilonidal sinus with homeopathy?

Homeopathy intends to treat pilonidal sinus from the root, but takes a significantly long time to show effective results. Homeopathy treats the condition as a whole, but one needs to continue the medication for a really long time. If your pilonidal sinus is rapidly growing or in case your condition is severe, homeopathy is not not a plausible treatment line for you. In that case, you should consult with a proctology expert and undergo surgical treatment which is likely to cure your condition within the shortest time.

Can pilonidal sinus cause infection?

Yes, if not treated on time, pilonidal sinus can often become infected. Once infected, the sinus may start oozing pus, blood and release foul odor. An infected pilonidal abscess can be extremely painful. The infected pilonidal tract be either surgically removed or treated.

Is pilonidal sinus operation safe?

Yes, pilonidal sinus operation is a very common anorectal surgery. It is safe and if performed under the supervision of a trained and experienced anorectal doctor, surgical approach can be highly effective in treating pilonidal sinus. Laser surgery is the most effective and safe surgical approach for pilonidal sinus treatment.

What is the permanent solution for pilonidal sinus?

Most anorectal surgeons consider surgery to be the permanent and most effective treatment of pilonidal sinus. While other lines of treatment can provide temporary relief or manage the severity of the condition, permanent cure can only be achieved through surgical treatment.

Is pilonidal sinus serious?

While the cyst alone is not very serious, once infected, the condition can be serious. Once the pilonidal sinus gets infected, it forms an abscess, causes pain and discharges smelly discharge. In that case, one should always consult with the doctor and not resort to any other treatment.

I live in Kolkata. Where can I find a pilonidal sinus specialist who can provide me online consultation?

You can connect with Pristyn Care in Kolkata in case you are looking for online consultation for pilonidal sinus treatment. Our surgeons provide both online and in-person consultation for every disease treatment. If are looking for online pilonidal sinus consultation, you can either call us or fill the appointment form and speak to our expert doctors.

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About 99 percent of commercial vehicles in Kolkata are diesel driven. This is a serious concern as the diesel emissions have been classified as class 1 carcinogens for its strong link with lung cancer by the World Health Organisation (WHO). This is one of the major factors that there has been an increase in the number of pollutants in the air. This has made people of Kolkata susceptible to various breathing disorders as well as skin problems including pilonidal sinus. If left untreated for long, a pilonidal sinus can get filled with pus which leads to difficulty in sleeping or sitting. No need to waste money on allopathic medications as they cure the condition only on a temporary basis. Pristyn Care provides permanent relief from Pilonidal Sinus by using the most-innovative laser-based procedures which ensure no pain. Book your appointment now by calling our medical coordinator!

There are several home remedies you can try but that this only helps the condition on a temporary basis. Laser surgeries are highly recommended by doctors for pilonidal sinus treatment in Kolkata. Laser-based surgeries are not only approved by the U.S. Food and Drugs Administration but are also painless. It involves minimum incisions into the body. Neither the patients need to visit the doctor regularly nor they require daily dressings. Pristyn Care has a vast experience of successfully completing laser surgeries in the field of Laparoscopy, Proctology, Gynaecology, E.N.T, and Urology.

Pristyn Care Provides Best Quality Care for Pilonidal Sinus Treatment in Kolkata

Pristyn Care excels in providing a painless as well as seamless surgical experience to each and every patient. We do this by providing the most advanced laser-based procedures for curing various disorders. A very common question that comes into mind when you hear about laser is “What are its benefits?”

  • The risk of complications is much lower as compared to other surgeries.
  • The recovery after a piles laser surgery is much faster as there are no large incisions. 
  • A quicker return to a normal lifestyle. It takes only two days to resume daily chores after the surgery
  • The pain during recovery is considerably less.
  • Both during- and after- the operation, there is almost no bleeding. 
  • Most people suffering from pilonidal sinus fear that it can reoccur. People in Kolkata will be glad to know that with laser surgery, the risk of recurring is reduced to minimal. 

So if you are suffering from this painful condition or know somebody who has been suffering from the same, then book an appointment at our clinic right now!

Different surgical treatments for pilonidal sinus

Here are the different surgical treatments for pilonidal sinus treatment:

  • Laser pilonidal sinus treatment- Laser surgery for pilonidal sinus is the most effective treatment for pilonidal sinus. During the procedure, the proctologist uses a high-intensity laser beam to close off the sinus tract. The doctor removes the entire pit of the pilonidal sinus so that the infection does not recur. It is an easier and higher precision procedure to perform as compared to the earlier mentioned types of open surgery. The treatment procedure requires only one day of dressing as there are no wounds left behind to heal. The laser energy also promotes the faster healing of the site of the surgery. Thus, it takes a very short time to completely recover from laser surgery for the pilonidal sinus.
  • Incision and drainage- Incision and drainage is an open surgical procedure recommended mostly when the cyst becomes infected. It is performed with local anesthesia to make the affected area numb. The surgeon makes an incision in the cyst to drain the infectious fluid and pus. The doctor packs the hole with gauze and leaves it open to heal. It can take up to 4-6 weeks to heal the cyst completely.
  • Pilonidal cystectomy- Pilonidal cystectomy is the surgical removal of the entire pilonidal cyst. The treatment is performed after administering general/regional anesthesia. The surgeon makes a cut to remove the affected skin along with underlying hair follicles, tissues, and dead cells. If required, the doctor packs the area with surgical gauze. In cases where the infection is severe, the doctor places a tube to drain the fluid from the cyst. The tube is removed when the entire fluid is drained from the cyst.

Are there any risks and complications involved during pilonidal sinus surgery?

If performed under the guidance and supervision of a trained proctologist, surgical treatment for pilonidal sinus will not cause any risks or complications. But, like any other surgery, there might be some complications, although not severe. Some of them are:

  • Trauma and bleeding to the site – If the surgery is not performed efficiently, there can be a chance of the anal tissues getting injured. Trauma and injury to the anal tissues can even lead to bleeding. If the surgery is performed by an experienced surgeon, the chances of any injury can be cut down drastically.
  • Infection – Like any other surgery, infection is a common side effect/ complication in case of pilonidal sinus surgery too. Infection can lead to nausea and vomiting in the person. Infection, however, is not a very serious problem and can be treated with medicines. The chances of infection in case of open surgery is much higher than in laser surgery.
  • Squamous cell carcinoma – A type of skin cancer that occurs due to uncontrolled growth of the squamous cells. The condition is not very common but not unheard of. To prevent such complications, it is extremely important that the surgery is performed by an experienced and trained surgeon.
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