Pilonidal Sinus Disease and Management - CST59

Pilonidal Sinus Disease and Management

by Rhiannon Winsor, CST, TS-C, CRCST, MBA and Kimberly Cobb, M.S.
(4.6 / 22 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Surgical Technology (1.75 CE Credit)

Price: $8.00
CE-PRO Price: $4.00


Surgeons perform surgery on patients with pilonidal sinus disease with the assistance of a CST or CSFA. A pilonidal cyst is a benign condition associated with the inflammation of the hair follicle and commonly occurs on the dorsal aspect of the patient between the sacrum and the anus (often referred to as the natal cleft or sacrococcygeal region). When the hair follicle becomes infected, it needs to be surgically incised and drained. CSTs and CSFAs need continuing education on this procedure and in all different educational areas to increase their knowledge.


The goal of this continuing education program is to provide surgical technologists with accurate information about pilonidal sinus disease (PSD), its management, the techniques of surgery, and its potential complications. After taking this course, you should be able to:
  • Explain the pathology of pilonidal sinus disease.
  • Describe the indications for pilonidal sinus surgery.
  • Explain the steps associated with pilonidal sinus surgery.


Approval Information

This course is approved for surgical techs from April 1, 2020 through March 31, 2023.
This continuing education activity is approved for 1.75 CE credits by the Association of Surgical Technologists, Inc., for continuing education for the Certified Surgical Technologist and Certified Surgical First Assistant. This recognition does not imply that AST approves or endorses any product or products that are included in enduring materials.

Course Originally Released on: 1/8/2020
Date of Most Recent Review: 1/8/2020
Course Termination/Update Date: 1/31/2023

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Andrea H - Brea, CA  ·  May 26, 2020
educational and helpful
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Shawnta D - middle river , MD  ·  May 22, 2020
very very informative
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Jennifer K - Mount Eden, KY  ·  May 15, 2020
A good amount of detail pertaining to the risk factors and overall healing issues found with pilonidals. I knew they were recurrent but I didn't realize until this course, at the how high the recurrence rate is. This is good to know. Some of the instrumentation listed that says "required" I feel is not correct as I have done many of these cases with different surgeons and most of the time they really only need clamps, scissors, retractors,probes, and a few other things, but no where near the amount of instrumentation listed in the course. I could understand if it were pilonidals with skin grafting and other procedural plans, but otherwise, plain pilonidals are a fairly simple setup. Otherwise, great course.
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Nancy F - Bronx, NY  ·  May 10, 2020
Great information. Great for review.
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Delia R - San Francisco , CA  ·  May 08, 2020
I totally Aced this one!
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Price: $8.00
CE-PRO Price: $4.00