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Bascoms operation for pilonidalcyste

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INTRODUCTION: Treatment of pilonidal fistula often results in impaired wound healing and recurrence. After wide excision of the fistula, impaired healing and recurrence occur in up to 69% and 10-29% of cases, respectively. Based on these facts we decided to implement Bascom's cleft-lift operation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 59 patients (53 male) underwent surgery between September 2004 and January 2007. The median age was 27.7 (16-48) years. The indication for surgery was recurrent pilonidal cysts in 17 cases, impaired wound healing after prior surgery in 7 cases and large cysts in 35 cases. RESULTS: All the patients, with the exception of one, were discharged less than 24 hours post surgery (47 (80%) as out-patient procedures). The last patient needed morphine postoperatively, and was discharged after 48 hours. 28 (47%) patients experienced no postoperative complications. 4 (7%) of the 59 patients underwent reoperation due to infection, but none of these patients received postoperative antibiotics. 26 (44%) patients developed minor wound defects. In 22 (85%) of these cases, the wounds healed spontaneously in less than 3 months. 42 patients were followed for more than 6 months with a median follow-up of 19 (8-29) months. 39 (93%) patients did not experience recurrence while the 3 cases of recurrence were observed after 5, 8 and 9 months. CONCLUSION: Bascom's operation seems to reduce postoperative pain, complications, and the risk of recurrence compared with simple excision with or without primary wound closure. The procedure is simple and can be performed as fast-track surgery
Udgivelsesdato: 2008/6/23
OriginalsprogDansk
TidsskriftUgeskrift for læger
Vol/bind170
Udgave nummer26-32
Sider (fra-til)2313-2317
Antal sider4
ISSN0041-5782
StatusUdgivet - 2008

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