48 hours post-op (cleft lift)

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  1. Courtney H

    Courtney H New Member

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    I just got the cleft lift done yesterday. Your drain did it have a bulb on the end? Did you drain a lot? I'm not draining a lot and I'm worried that I'm supposed to be draining a lot. And were you in a lot of pain the day after.your surgery?
     
  2. Courtney H

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    I just got the cleft lift done yesterday. Your drain did it have a bulb on the end? Did you drain a lot? I'm not draining a lot and I'm worried that I'm supposed to be draining a lot. And were you in a lot of pain the day after.your surgery?
     
  3. UnluckyOne

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    I did have a bulb, yes. It was the JP drain. I didn't drain a lot at all, in my opinion. I thought I should be draining more.. but I wasn't. I think that's one reason my surgeon had me keep my drain in a couple days longer than he was going to at first, because he wanted to make sure the drainage wasn't all getting stuck in there. I do believe I had some weird experiences with drainage floating at the top of the wound after he took the drain out. It wasn't blood, though; it was a watery clear liquid I could squeeze out.. but it stopped after a little while.

    As for pain, not really. It was about average or what you'd expect. I have a very high pain tolerance, but I don't think that's what it was. I had pain meds but didn't take them as much/often as I was told to, really, because they made me nauseous. Either way, everything starts looking way up the third day and from then on.
     
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    Unlucky...you seem to know your stuff when it comes to all of this, maybe you can help me with my question. I had my 2nd cleft lift (5th total surgery) on March 13th. The top of my incision has stayed together all 6 weeks, however it looks like small parts of the bottom is breaking apart. I have had heavy draining for the last week and some pretty sharp pain whenever I shower or clean the area. The dr applies silver nitrate weekly however I see little positive effects. I have had pain in the past from my failed incisions but never this consistent. I try to get air to the area using the standard methods of gauze and spreading, etc. but it seems to irritate the bottom of the incision more. Is this a normal part of healing or does it sound like the bottom of my incision is failing to heal again? Is there a better way to help the bottom heal?
     
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    I don't wanna seem shallow (because tbh, even if my butt is deformed, I'd rather have that than pilonidal), but did you get over the fact that your crack isn't how it used to be? I mean..I'm sure you did, but can you recall how long it took? I've had it since I was 16 (currently 17) and I'm at that age where any deformities are a big deal. I definitely want this over traditional methods because my primary care doctor is a quack and I don't want her sending me to some general surgeon who knows diddly squat about pilonidal. The benefits are simply better imo. My holes are just about in the same location as yours. This might be weird but would it be too much to ask you to literally measure your booty crack? Since we have similar booties, I wanna see if I can get a feel for how much crack I'm gonna lose because the location (being that it comes in and under my tailbone) is farther in than usual.
    Oh! Also, is bending over weird? Sometimes, I'll bend over at the hip and not really bend my knees at all (especially during workout stretches) which makes me wary of the scar. Is there any specific time that you'd think bending over like that is no longer dangerous to the healing?
    Okay okay, last question, haha. Does the scar feel numb? I seen in some other post where people had a strange numb feeling in the scar.
    Sorry for typing so much, I'm just very curious about the details of the procedure and aftermath since I'm gonna try and get it for myself.
     
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  6. Melbourne_Mum

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    Hi, sorry I know this was a long time ago now but I was wondering whether your bum was flat where the scar is now or is that a result of the flap surgery? Thanks
     

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