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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 34  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 85-89

Tension-free primary closure compared with modified Limberg flap for pilonidal sinus disease: a prospective balanced randomized study

Department of Surgery, Mansoura Faculty of Medcine, Mansoura, Egypt

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Tamer Youssef
Assistant Professor of General and Endocrine Surgery, Department of Surgery, Mansoura Faculty of Medcine, Mansoura 35111
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1110-1121.155716

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Background Pilonidal sinus disease (PSD) is a common disease that affects the patient's quality of life. We analyzed the outcome of the tension-free primary closure (TF 1ry) in comparison with the modified Limberg flap (MLF) technique. Patients and methods A total of 120 patients suffering PSD were assigned to one of two equal groups by closed envelope balanced randomization. Group I represents TF 1ry method and group II represents MLF. Results There were 102 (85%) male patients and 18 (15%) female patients elected for surgery. The mean follow-up period was 43.5 ± 3.4 months. There were no statistically significant differences between the two groups regarding patients' demographic data, clinical presentation, immediate postoperative complications, and disease recurrences. The operative time, blood loss, hospital stay, surgeon's performance scale, wound hypothesia, wound cosmoses score, patient satisfaction score, and patient quality of life (bodily pain and social functioning) were better in the TF 1ry group. The MLF group had better clinical results regarding frequency of seroma formation and time to drain removal. Conclusion Flap techniques are effective and efficient for PSD. TF 1ry closure can be tailored for female PSD patients and a junior surgeon. MLF can be tailored for male PSD patients and a senior surgeon.

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