For citation purposes: Jethwani U, Singh G, Mohil RS, Kandwal V, Chouhan J, Saroha R, Bansal N, Verma R. Limberg flap for pilonidal sinus disease: Our experience. OA Case Reports 2013 Aug 08;2(7):69.

Research study


Limberg flap for pilonidal sinus disease: our experience

U Jethwani, G Singh, RS Mohil, V Kandwal, J Chouhan, R Saroha, N Bansal, R Verma

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Vardhman Mahavir Medical College & Safdarjang Hospital, New Delhi, India

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Pilonidal sinus disease is a common condition usually seen in young adults. Although several methods have been described all have been associated with high recurrence rates. This study was carried out to evaluate the advantages, results of rhomboid excision and Limberg flap reconstruction in the management of pilonidal sinus disease.

Materials and methods

This prospective study was conducted in a surgical unit of a tertiary care centre from July 2011 to May 2013. It includes 67 patients who were treated for pilonidal sinus disease by Limberg flap.


All patients tolerated the procedure well with minimal postoperative discomfort and were discharged in 2–3 days. There was only one recurrence seen in the series.


Limberg flap is very effective for pilonidal disease with low complication rates, short hospitalisation, low recurrence rates, earlier healing and shorter time off-work. The surgery can be mastered easily.

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