To perform the surgery, most surgeons will remove the sinus tracts and cysts by making a small incision in the child’s neck. Your child will be under general anesthesia to ease their pain and any anxiety they may be experiencing.
They may make two separate incisions instead of one long one, as sinus tracts can span across the full length of the neck. They may also place small tubes during surgery to allow fluid to drain out of the skin. In some cases, the surgeon may be able to
close off internal openings without making any type of incision, although this isn’t common.
Surgeons will use dissolvable sutures or stitches to close up the incisions they make. These will dissolve on their own, and most children do not have to return to the hospital to have their stitches removed.
To keep your child comfortable after the procedure, you are encouraged to bring their favorite soft things, including blankets, stuffed animals, and small toys. While they will wear a hospital gown during surgery, you can bring soft clothes or pajamas
for them to change into once they are feeling better.
Most children are able to go home between 24 and 48 hours after the surgery. The surgeon may require a longer stay if they are concerned that the swelling on your child’s neck may affect their breathing.
To be released from the hospital, they must have a normal temperature and be able to eat and drink on their own. They must also be able to take pain medication orally.