Over 10,000 Article Views

The research is making a difference

Dr. Immerman published the article “The Bascom Cleft Lift for All Presentations of Pilonidal Disease” in February of 2021.

Since then, it has had over 10,000 views from 133 different countries. Clearly, this research is of interest to doctors and patients all over the world, and the concept of online publishing is an important way to spread information. Of the over 10,000 articles on the Cureus platform, this article is 217th in the number of reads.

Over 10,000 views from 133 different countries in one year. (PMC indicates views on PubMed.)

You can read the article yourself by following this link: “The Bascom Cleft Lift for All Presentations of Pilonidal Disease”

The article has been viewed by individuals in 133 different countries. Here are the top ones.

Although there are many published papers describing the benefits of the cleft lift operation, Dr. Immerman feels it is important that more papers are published to convince the surgeons of the world to learn this procedure.

How to evaluate the quality of a cleft-lift

For a surgeon some operations are easier to learn than others. The cleft-lift procedure can be challenging to learn, and one of the problems for a surgeon trying to learn this without a mentor, is knowing when a cleft-lift looks good, as opposed to when it needs more tweaking. An operation like an appendectomy is easy for a surgeon to evaluate: if the appendix has been removed, he or she have achieved their goal! The goal of a cleft-lift is more subjective, and how it should look is not always intuitive to surgeons trying this for the first few times. Because of this, some surgeons are not convinced that the cleft-lift is a successful operation, because when they tried it, it failed.

I have created a web page that shows the differences between a successful and an unsuccessful cleft-lift. It shows an image of a successful cleft-lift, and is annotated as to why it succeeded, and another image of a failed cleft-lift, with the same annotations. This page may be more helpful to surgeons than patients – but even as a patient, it may help to know this information.

I did not include the photos in this post, because they are somewhat graphic, and you may not want to see them. But, if you are interested, this link will take you to the page.