Format

Send to

Choose Destination
J Dermatolog Treat. 2018 Feb;29(1):65-67. doi: 10.1080/09546634.2017.1329513. Epub 2017 May 30.

Treatment of recurrent pilonidal cysts with nd-YAG laser: report of our experience.

Author information

1
a Section of Dermatology, Department of Surgery and Translational Medicine , University of Florence , Florence , Italy.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

Surgical treatment remains the first-line therapy of pilonidal cyst but is associated with high levels of postoperative pain, adverse events and a recurrence rate of 30%. We report our experience with laser hair removal using the Nd-YAG laser for the treatment of pilonidal cyst.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

Ten patients affected by pilonidal cyst were examined and treated from October 2011 to November 2016. Treatments were carried out using the Nd-YAG laser (Deka M.E.L.A, Calenzano, Florence, Italy) at a wavelength of 1064 nm at 30-day interval.

RESULTS:

Nine patients were asymptomatic after the second treatment, while in one case the symptom disappeared after the fourth session. After 4-8 treatments, the pilonidal cyst had clinically disappeared and patients subjectively felt healed. In all cases, the soft-tissue ultrasounds performed before the first and after the last session showed the disappearance of the pilonidal cyst. In the follow-up, all the patients remained asymptomatic without any disease recurrence.

CONCLUSIONS:

Nd-YAG laser is an effective treatment for pilonidal cysts, providing excellent results with quick healing and no risk of serious adverse side-effects. It could be a very attractive alternative to open surgery, enabling patients to prevent the frequent and severe postoperative issues associated with surgery.

KEYWORDS:

Nd-YAG laser; Pilonidal cyst; laser; surgery

PMID:
28521574
DOI:
10.1080/09546634.2017.1329513
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Taylor & Francis
Loading ...
Support Center