48 hours post-op (cleft lift)

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  1. Chill374

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    I'm so happy your healed up and doing great! I would have totally been freaked out those situations as well but I'm glad everything was ok. I had a quick question. I did have the pit picking procedure done last Thursday (Aug.30). Everything went great but today I noticed 3 of my 7 stitches had popped open. I am going to call the doctor on Monday but I was just curious if you had any advice. I'm having a hard time getting this area bandaged properly and maybe thats the problem. Thanks! Your posts have been so helpful, and if this procedure doesn't clear up my pilonidal problem I will definitely get the cleft lift.
     
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    I don't really know much about the pit picking procedure so I can't really guide you with that very well. You should definitely contact your surgeon. I feel like having your stitches bust open is not a good thing in any case, but it's probably not the end of the world.
    How were you advised to be banding it? As far as I know, rolling up a gauze square or two into a 'cigar' shape and lining/filling the entire crack with it (and then taping horizontally all the way down) would be perfect. Am I under the wrong impression of how the wound is?
    I'm actually interested in your situation so if you could update me I'd appreciate it.
    Also, I wish you the best of luck with getting this taken care of and hopefully this is the fix for your problem.
     
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    Thanks so much for getting back with me. You have know idea how much I appreciate it. The doctors and nurses didn't give me any advice in bandaging the area so that really helps, I didn't even think about doing that. I have just been trying to fold gauze in half and stuff it in there but it wasn't working that well. I tried the "cigar roll" just a little bit ago and it is so much better then what I have been doing! As for my situation I have had a pilonidal cyst for 5 years. It started when I was 21 and I had it lanced twice, since then I just sort of lived with it opening up on its own. The surgeon who lanced it initially freaked me out by telling me I would have this forever and there was nothing I could do but just keep coming back to him to get it lanced. So I did not go back to a surgeon to deal with it until recently.
    The pit picking procedure went really well. I was under general anesthesia so it was really quick. The doctor cut out the cyst that was near the old lancing wound and then made an inch long incision right next to the midline and removed the pits. I had 7 so I could see how that was really making this impossible to ever really heal. Honestly the worst pain I felt was trying to pull the gauze out of the open wound, otherwise its just been more uncomfortable than anything else.
    The issues with the stitches is the only thing really freaking me out. Yesterday 3 had popped, today I woke up and three more popped. So now I only have one stitch still intact. I have been doing nothing but laying on my stomach studying for school so I just can't figure it out. I am going to call the surgeon first thing tomorrow so I will let you know what he says. Thanks again for all of the advice and all of your posts.
     
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    Hello, all! I have decided to take/post a few more pictures for y'all to see the progress of my scar.
    I posted some almost 2 months ago once I was finally fully healed (including the bottom part of the wound that was very slow to heal!), but it was a brand new scar and was still quite dark and raised. I would say that in the past ~2 months, it has gotten significantly less unappealing. The scar has gotten paler, although it is still darker than the rest of the skin, and it isn't as easily irritated. When I sit for VERY long periods of time, it becomes tighter and slightly more raised.. but that is understandable.
    If you go through my whole photostream you can compare the entire scar to it's other stages throughout the healing process.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/80003886@N06/8136217854/in/photostream
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/80003886@N06/8136216180/in/photostream
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/80003886@N06/8136213556/in/photostream

    One of my primary reasons for posting these post-healing pictures is not only to show y'all that the scar does fade (for those scared of a mortifying scar) but also to show y'all that the bottom of my wound healed 100%! I have been reading about many of you having problems with healing the bottom of your wound.. and I also had this problem. I battled with myself over this because even after getting those last couple hidden stitches removed, I thought I would never heal it. It took a while! Even if my last "fully healed pictures", it was healed, but you could see the granulation. Now you cannot see anything but healthy, healed scar tissue.
    Please be patient with your wound, and good luck to you all with healing.
     
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    I just tried to access one of the pictures on my flickr through one of the links, but I found that the link I clicked (even after clicking 'photostream') only sent me to 4 pictures. This is the link for the entire photostream if you have some trouble with the links : http://www.flickr.com/photos/80003886@N06/

    You do need to have/make a flickr in order to view them because of the content, but it's worth it if you want to see cleft lift surgery pictures. My photostream has updates all the way from the beginning to the end of my Pilonidal journey, even a couple pre-cleft lift pictures and a few post-healing pictures. If you have any questions about the cleft lift or my experiences, don't hesitate to ask!
     
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    Well, I never knew you could add photos directly into a thread. I never actually looked at the options for posts except for the smiley faces lol.
    I really wanted to just edit each post and put the photos in, but you can't edit posts that are this old, and you can't attach more than 2 pictures per post.. so I suppose I will just try to post them all in order. I know that many people do not want to make a flickr account just to view the pictures, and most people don't have flickr accounts already. You cannot view the pictures with the links I've posted unless you have one because it is sensitive content. So this is for the people that haven't yet been able to see the pictures! I haven't taken any updated ones since October but I intend to do one last update of pictures when I believe my scar has reached its final stage of fading.


    Pre-Cleft-Lift, 5.5 month old open wound with packing, ~1 inch long & 1.5 inch deep:
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    Healed, Scar fresh:
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    hey all, i did my first cleftlift in 2008 after 1 year of self draining cyst that was growing from a little normal looking zit for the ignorent mind that dont know better, after 10ish month i rly started to wonder and i started to google(iw had issues with acne be4 hence it took so long for me to react) i got a clue of what it could be and i started to check it up. after 15ish month i did a cleftlift, no more no less. was great for 5 fantastic years part from having a huge scar that is soar sometimes but thats just normal with a scar of that size that i ended up with. now 2 weeks ago i noticed i had pain while sitting down and that for first time since the sergery, i had aswelling in the crack and i knew it was back, i let the swelling go down to give it another chance but it started swelling again after few days and i went to the doctor today an he drained it and i was told to come back tomorrow. i will start with hair removal and if my doctor or i think a surgery is needed i want anotehr cleft lift for sure. the longer u w8 the more PS thunnel, that is my experience. my first cleftlift took 6-8 weeks to heal, and i had to eat antibiotics in middle of the healing due to a infection.

    sry for wall of text and for my bad eng but as u might of guessed eng aint my native language.

    btw THANK GOD!!!! that i found back to these forums. was here 2008 and now im here again! gl to all of u and if u have a hairy crack, ill strongly recoomend it, my doctor back in 2008 told me that it was a rly good idea with hair removal but she also said she knew most men dont even conseder it. i was 1 of em but im changed and will DEFO try hair removal both be4 and after the surgery.
     
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    btw unlucky 1, ur scar looks great! hardly noticeble.

    and if any1 think my healing was quick? iw heard some been healing for very long. i have great healing flesh and i had my mom back then to clean and fix it 1nce a day in teh beginning when doc said every 2-3 days, and when doc said every 1-2 days we did it 2 times a day. after the infection n the antibiotica cleaned it 2-3 times a day, when the wound only was about 2 inc diameter i stopped wearing the gaze n stuff when i was home and only used it to protect my cloth when outside or sitting down but i gave it as much air as it could possibly get. the doc said move as much as u want and i did after teh first week when iw got used to having the wound on my back.

    btw i never used any pain killer or simulair, when u come out from surg n after ur home, the pain is NOTHING compared to what u used to. no painkillers when washing it or cleaning it or w/e, it does not hurt as long as ur gentle and u can move just fine even tho its a open wound:)

    bless!
     
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    Hey, y'all! I just wanted to do a last picture update, fully FULLY healed and faded. My flickr account and photostream was compromised (Idk why.... but someone from the UK hacked it and changed the password/alternate E-mail, and yahoo sucks at helping me) so I made a temporary new one just so I could host these pictures (since every other hosting site considers it nudity). That means I won't post the photostream, I'll just embed them into the post.
    If you want to see the original photostream that goes through the entire healing process post-cleft-lift it's still there and unhindered by the hacking. http://www.flickr.com/photos/80003886@N06/
    I would say I was fully healed (after a stubborn,irritated bottom part of the wound took a while longer than the rest of the wound to heal) between 1.5-2 months post-op. The entire top part of my wound, aside from the stubborn bottom, was fully healed between 18 and 20 days post-op.
    I didn't really have to pay attention to any aftercare precautions, didn't have to go to the doctors or have a bandage/dressing. With the stubborn bottom part, I did use rolled up gauze square (gauze cigars) to get air to the unhealing wound.
    I've been healed for nearly exactly 1.5 years now.
    My scar has been healed and faded for quite some time, I just decided it was time to show y'all the progress that can be made with the scarring etc.
    There is no purple or red discoloration. The small hole where the drain came out left a tiny pale circle scar on the top right next to the "crack." My "crack" is a couple/few inches shorter than it used to be (but I sorta like it better this way) and there is no deformity, lumpiness, etc. It's not unproportional and I promise you will not be able to see anything through your clothes (even yoga pants or leggings!!) The top of what's left of the crack seems to angle/slant left because that's exactly what the cleft lift calls for in order to move the scar/wound off the midline. The skin is smoother where the scar tissue is (and I can feel that when I touch it), but it's just a normal butt with a shallower/less of a crack. I hope this eases some of y'alls fears about what the cleft lift looks like healed, especially if you're a woman and your pride/anxiety is getting in the way of making the best decision you could ever make.
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    Don't be afraid to message me if you have any questions or concerns! There's a reason I'm still keeping up with this forum.
    Good luck, y'all.

    LuckyOne
     
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    Hi! I read your post, and it has caused me so much relief. I've have been dealing with the same problem for about two years now. My cyst came back last week, and friday my doctor said I need surgery asap! I'm honestly very terrified for this surgery. I've googled pictures on the internet (which probably wasn't the best idea) and saw awful pictures. But I do have some questions for you!

    I know my doctor said the recovery time is six weeks..how long did it take you until you were able to resume work? I work for a clothing store, and they are very willing to give me time off, but it makes me anxious knowing that it will take six weeks to heal.
    Another question is were you constantly having to lay in bed? My doctor also said all I'll be able to do is lay on my side and do nothing all day.

    Thank you so much for helping me through my anxiety! haha
     
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    First, are you certain that the surgery your doctor wants to perform is the cleft lift procedure? Has he told you the name of the surgery and what it entails?
    I'm doubting the likelihood that when he says you need surgery asap and the recovery time is six weeks, he has in mind the cleft lift... It's more likely that he wants to book you for an excision (open or closed wound) surgery. I cannot stress enough that you should find out what surgery he has planned for you and if it's not the cleft lift, to cancel it and begin looking on the surgeon's hall of fame to find a cleft lift surgeon in your state.

    The pictures you're seeing and being relieved by are pictures of my healing from/of the Bascom's cleft lift surgery after I had a failed emergency surgery- which I was scheduled and rushed into when the doctor said I needed surgery asap (open wound excision procedure). I didn't even know about the cleft lift at the time of my first surgery, but neither did my referring doctor or the surgeon she sent me to. He told me the recovery was six weeks, but I was still dealing with (daily) an open wound 5.5 months later, until I got tired of it and found the only/better/best option: the cleft lift.


    Now, if you get a cleft lift, I can answer the questions of my experience post-cleft-lift.
    I was able to (my decision) resume work 3 days post-surgery, but I still had the stitches and drain in, so I had to be careful. Once I got my drain out (3 days post-op), it was a breeze and I wasn't as cautious. I was only lying in bed for the 24-48 hours following the operation, and most of that was because I felt very nauseous and unwell from the meds before, during, and after the surgery itself. I got a lot of sleep, and was back to normal by the 3rd day.

    If your doctor is scheduling you for an excision procedure, the only thing I can tell you is that you can't expect everything to go as planned or as your surgeon says it will. I can say that my experience was hell, and that's why I would never advise you to go through with that surgery, even if you think you can trust your surgeon because he works for the healthcare system and he knows what he's doing etc.

    Good luck
     
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    Sorry I'm replying so late to your post! But, I did get surgery and it was for sure the cleft lift! I tripled checked with my surgeon to make sure I wasn't putting myself in a scary situation! Today is day 9 of recovery! I've had some complications. My cyst was very infected, so I've had a drain in me since the surgery, and I cannot take it out until I'm fully done draining! But other than that, my cyst area doesn't hurt at all! The only reason why I am not sitting or laying on my back is due to the drain! My doctor still said recovery would be six weeks, but he said that the worse case. I'm feeling great, and I cannot wait to get this drain out of me!
    Thank you again for posting pictures. You took all of my anxiety away!
     

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