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Eur J Dermatol. 2013 Jul-Aug;23(4):487-90. doi: 10.1684/ejd.2013.2052.

Surgical intervention of pilonidal sinus: impact on patients' postoperative satisfaction and return to work time.

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Department of Dermatology, University of Heidelberg, Vossstr. 2, 69115 Heidelberg, Germany.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Pilonidal sinus (PS) is a chronic inflammatory process accompanied by psychological strain and a high rate of work incapacity.

OBJECTIVES:

To analyze the impact of PS surgery on individual patients' satisfaction (SAT) and economic impacts on work capability.

PATIENTS AND METHODS:

We retrospectively analyzed 40 PS patients regarding SAT and return to work time (RTW) in relation to various factors, using multivariate analysis and Pearson's correlation test.

RESULTS:

We found a significant negative correlation between SAT and RTW (p<0.01), both correlated equally strongly with duration between first diagnosis and surgery (p<0.01) and with loss of weight (p<0.05). RTW correlated with duration of painkiller intake (p<0.01). SAT correlated with gender (p<0.01), smoking cessation (p<0.05) and quantity of painkiller intake (p<0.01). Satisfaction correlated with gender (p<0.01), smoking cessation (p<0.05), and quantity of painkiller intake (p<0.05).

CONCLUSION:

RTW after PS surgery is influenced by factors that can be influenced prior to surgery, leading to better economic results for patients and employers as well as society.

PMID:
23816710
DOI:
10.1684/ejd.2013.2052
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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