Pilonidal sinus surgery: Could we predict postoperative complications?

Marco Milone, Matteo Nd Di Minno, Paolo Bianco, Guido Coretti, Mario Musella, Francesco Milone

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Pilonidal sinus surgery could, as of now, be considered a surgery tailored more to the surgeon than to the patient. In an attempt to give to surgeons an objective instrument of decision, we have evaluated which variables could be considered predictive of postoperative complications after pilonidal sinus surgery. A prospective electronic database of all patients treated for sacrococcygeal pilonidal disease was analysed. Sex, age, obesity, smoking, recurrent disease, the presence of multiple orifices and the distance between the most lateral orifice and midline were recorded and correlated with the occurrence of postoperative complications (infection and recurrence); 1006 patients were evaluated. Excision with primary mid-line closure was performed on all the patients. Mean follow-up was 7·3±3·6years. A total of 158 patients with postoperative complications (infection and/or recurrence) were recorded during this period. A multivariate analysis showed that, after adjusting for major clinical and demographic characteristics, only a recurrent disease [odds ratio (OR): 3·41, 95% confidence interval (CI): 1·89-6·15, P

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Wound Journal
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2014


  • Infection
  • Pilonidal
  • Recurrence
  • Sacrococcygeal
  • Sinus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Surgery


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