Bascom Personal Testimonials

#21
Well, that's a good idea! Wonder why it never occurred to me to email Dr. Bascom's surgical coordinator and ask if she can look him up! You're so smart!

He does say he just started doing this procedure last year, and has done 12 (we will be the 13th! Great! Just my luck! Hahaha!) and his partner in the practice has done 6. I guess that would likely indicate he IS doing this procedure, because he's in his mid-70s and been a practicing pediatric surgeon for 50 years, so if it was just the regular excision, I'll bet he's done hundreds of those!

I think I WILL email Dr. Bascom's office, though, and see if they can verify. Thanks for the great idea!
 

Ryan

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#24
Hey everyone.. I'm so glad I still had my account credentials. I was just thinking back about my pilonidal disease and how badly it plagued my high school experience..

I first had a Pilonidal Sinus at 13 years old.. gained 90 lbs.. and had 4 surgeries. None of which succeeded.

I then discovered this very forum and learned about the Bascom Cleft Lift when it was sort of in its infancy. I decided right then and there to go have it done by them men themselves. My surgery was performed almost 10 years ago by Dr. Tom Bascom and his father.

Since then.. Pilonidal free. Almost 10 years.

Just wanted to thank you all. If it weren't for this forum back then.. I would not have been cured.

This is also a testimonial that the surgical procedure does not only get rid of the problem.. it prevents future occurrences (knock on wood).

Much love to all, and keep your hopes high.. There is a VERY bright light at the end of the tunnel if you go the cleft lift route.

Ryan
 
#25
Thats awesome Ryan! I am in Oregon right now, travelled all the way from Maryland to see Dr. Bascom. Had surgery a week ago. Hopefully once everything heals my experience will be as good as yours!
 
#26
Can someone share details on:
- what are risks with cleft lift?
- is it better to get it done with Dr. Thomas Bascom himself? does someone have recommendations of a doctor in Seattle area?
- After Cleft lift, does the patient still need hair removal ?
- Any experiences and do's / don'ts with cleft lift would be really helpful
 
#27
I can only give you my son's experience. Cleft lift was about as easy as any surgery can be. Risks are no more than any other surgery. Dr. Bascom is the master, but there are many qualified surgeons (and a bunch that are NOT qualified!) all over the country. The list on this site, in addition to the Hall of Fame here, is a great place to start your search for a surgeon. After the cleft lift, there is no need to do hair removal, since the cleft lift alters the physical causes of pilonidal disease. You can go back to living your life as if you never had a problem, and your chances of recurrences are extremely small. My best advice to you is to do your research, get informed, and find a good surgeon.

Best of luck to you! It seems difficult now, but you're doing the right thing by starting here, and doing your research!

Be sure to keep us informed on your journey! There's lots of people here who can help you along the journey!
 
#28
I also highly recommend Dr. Thomas Bascom. They were excellent to work with, as I flew into the area for my surgery. His staff was great at accomodating our schedule with airfare and appointments. The recovery between the cleft and open excision is night and day. Although I hope I never have to, I would certainly fly up to see him again if needed. I just hope that they continue to educate more physicians for the procedure. He even understood my desire to get back to cycling and reassured me that, although it could be slightly more likely to result in a recurrence, I could do it. My fiance and I are now scheduled for a 2 day mountain bike trip next month and I've been avidly road biking....
 
#29
I am so happy that more people have become aware of how amazing Dr Thomas H.Bascom is. What his father started so long ago is still giving people there lives Back!
I lived with two infected pits for 13 years because I did not know what to do and was scared of everything I saw. The final straw for me was not being able to tend to my own family or have a life of any kind I was consumed with when is the next flare up going to happen? am I going to make it this time? I did alot of rescherce on every Dr in my area there was no one I felt confident enough to do the surgery at this point I moved my search out of Califorina guided by the information I found On the internet and in books I knew I had to go to Springfeild,Or
I had a Gluteal Cleft Lift done almost one year ago in march everything he said to me was what I need to Hear and that i was not alone. I have my life back!! with a very small scar as a reminder of the past. I would highly recommend Dr.T.Bascom. He truly gave me back my life and I am forever thankful.
 
#30
Hello everyone i had the cleft lift with Dr. Bascom 7 weeks ago and i feel better than i have in two years. Quick question for those who have had the cleft lift. Did you have some swelling on the scar line after sitting down for an extended period of time? I notice when I am at work sitting the scar line seemes to swell/get hard. In the morning this is usually gone. It is not inflamed or painful its just like hardening on the scar line. Is this normal?
 
#32
What I am going to describe here is a roller coaster ride of a year I had dealing with my pilonidal problem which ended on the highest note possible.
Now that I look back and that Dr.Bascom actually travelled to India just for the purpose of treating my problem, It seems like a dream. Because believe me when I say that I have been so depressed in the last year because this issue, multiple failed surgeries that looked so farfetched to even think that a doctor of Dr.Bascom’s stature would be willing to travel to a different continent and treat me. The sheer enthusiasm, empathy and care that Dr.Bascom has demonstrated is out of this world. He truly is answer of prayers!
Sorry for the long post, but I would not be doing justice to Dr.Bascom’s great attitude if I kept this short!
History:
Since 2012, I had pain in my tail bone region which went mis-diagnosed for over two years as a fractured tail bone and there was never any discharge or any bleeding to indicate it was actually a pilonidal problem.I kept attributing that to my fractured tail bone and since there was no pin hole or any discharge, nobody ever thought anything else about it. However, in 2015, I had very little discharge and some moistness in the area which led my family doctor diagnose that it’s a pilonidal sinus. He advised me that surgery should be only sought after if it becomes a major problem since it sometimes can lead to un healed wounds which becomes even bigger problem that the disease itself.
Flair up and first surgery:
In Mid-April 2017, I had a bad flair up which created an abscess around the size of a golf ball just on my tailbone. We tried to subside the infection using anti biotics for 10 days, but it was not working. I decided for the surgery because of terrible pain.
I went for an open wound surgery on 26th April,2017. I was left with a wound 4 inches long, 2 inches wide and 1.5 inch deep.
As per the surgeon, it was to heal within 6 weeks. However, I faced really slow healing of the wound. It was never infected but daily changing the dressings and wound care became a huge problem. In July,2017 the wound finally healed and closed only for a day. The next day, the wound started tearing up from the bottom without doing any stressful activities at all.
I went for multiple follow ups with the same surgeon who did my surgery, but he did not have any other suggestions than to keep doing dressings and wait for it to heal on its own. For me, that was unacceptable!
Second Surgery
I went to a plastic surgeon in July who advised to pack the wound with streptomycin powder everyday and observe the progress over the course of 4 weeks. As per him, any wound, if there is no other pathology involved, should heal with this method in 4 weeks.
Tentative about going for another surgery, I decided to try that as well. But I was exactly in the same situation after one month if not worse. My wound was now fully open for the entire length of the earlier incision and was bleeding and painful. So I decided to go for Rotation flap as suggested.
I went for the rotation flap on 8th September,2017. It was a major surgery. A flap was rotated along with fat from my right hip to the cleft and sutures were taken on the midline. By the time, I have had enough research done on the decease to know that midline sutures seldom work, still I was hoping that this rotation flap would work!
It didn’t.
After the stitches were removed and I was given all clear by the surgeon, I still decided to rest for a couple weeks more to make sure that everything is healed up quite nicely and doesn’t open up like last time. (not that I started doing squats the last time around anyways )
In that rest period itself, wound split . I immediately went to the plastic surgeon and he said that we can do another surgery and close it up. But I was done experimenting since I knew by now that anything done on midline is not going to help me.
Dr. Vismit Joshipura (Guardian angel in disguise!)
Before I talk about how I got in touch with Dr. Bascom, I have to mention an Indian surgeon who has been amazing in supporting me through this difficult time. Dr. Vismit Joshipura is the surgeon I met after my rotation flap had failed and he has been very supportive through out the time. He always had time to listen to my problems. (it’s a problem here in India. Doctors never listen to the whole story and always assume). But Dr. Vismit is a superb human being. When asked him that would he agree to do this surgery under Dr.Bascom’s guidance he instantly agreed. That was a huge relief. His role in getting the Medical License for Dr.Bascom was also pivotal.
Contacting Dr.Bascom and selecting the approach:
I contacted Dr. Bascom by email in November 2017. I didn’t know if Dr.Bascom would even respond but I actually got a response within a few days where Dr. Bascom pointed me to his co-ordinator Ms.Michelle. Michelle has been great in co-ordinating my constant follow ups. Anyone else could have been easily frustrated but not Michelle. Its just amazing to see how humane the whole approach has been from Dr.Bascom’s office.
Unfortunately, during the same time, Dr.Bascom had an accident and broke is ankle which required surgery. Due to this, there was a gap of 2 months in the communication.
Our talks resumed in January and I personally talked with Dr.Bascom on phone. He was very patient and listened to me explaining my issue very calmly.
After the discussions, we concluded that I can either visit him and get the surgery done there, or he can guide Dr. Vismit to do the surgery.
I wanted to travel to Oregon initially because I wanted my surgery to be done by the man himself! However, thinking it through and only having bad experiences with surgeries so far, I was scared of travelling and get the surgery done.
On the other hand, I wanted Dr.Bascom to do my surgery as I wanted to believe that if the surgery happens, it must happen by Dr. Bascom and then, if it fails I was ready to accept that as my fate. If I had my surgery done by anyone else, there would always have been that doubt in my back of the head that is it my fate or lack surgical expertise (No disrespect to any surgeons. But we all know Dr.Bascom is the pioneer here) that’s required for this disease that lead to the failure?
I explained this to Dr.Vismit and he suggested that we should ask Dr.Bascom if he is willing to travel to India. We weren’t very optimistic but I anyways decided to take the leap of faith and asked Dr.Bascom if he can make the trip.
To my surprise, he instantly agreed and when I asked about his fees, he said he wont charge me anything apart from his travel and living expenses during the trip. (This shows what a great man Dr.Bascom is! I am not just saying this because he let go of his fees, it takes a lot of empathy and willingness to help others to travel half world away just to do a surgery)
I immediately agreed.
Arranging the trip
We needed a hospital which will host Dr.Bascom for the surgery. Dr.Vismit played a huge part here and he convinced the management at Sterling Hospital,Ahmedabad.
A temporary license is required for a foreign doctor to perform a surgery in India. The medical council of India (MCI) is the authority for this. I handled all the paperwork for the same.It was a close call since MCI requires the application to be made two months prior and we were looking at just 15 days’ time Dr.Vismit helped here to navigate the beurocratic mazes and we finally had the license just in time.
Dr.Vismit also coordinated with some other doctors across my state who were interesting in learning this technique and those surgeons were also present in my surgery. Dr.Bascom also gave a presentation on the same which was very informative to the surgeons. I was interested in this because I did not want anyone else to suffer from this ordeal that I had gone through. Not only I was focused on my surgery, I wanted it to become a repeatable process that can be performed by the local surgeons as well so that others can also benefit. Dr.Bascom’s support in achieving this has been phenomenal. Surgeons here have started performing this surgery locally and have seen some good results.
Dr. Bascom arrived on 20th April to my city. The surgery was scheduled for 24th April,2018. I took care of Dr.Bascom the best way could. Fortunately, his hotel was just 200 meters from my home. He loved the india fabrics and the india cusine as well.
I have never seen a man so down to earth in my life. Dr.Bascom is so humble, personable and accommodating that I still cannot believe.
The Cleft lift:
The surgery took 2 hours. As per Dr. Bascom, he did some correctional steps where the anatomy of my existing flap was made more favourable apart from doing the cleft lift as well. I had a JP drain put to drain the excess fluid for a couple of days.
Post-surgery, I had some discomfort but not a lot of pain. In fact, the only pain I had was due to the JP drain and not from the surgery itself. I was discharged from the hospital the second day.
Since Dr.Bascom was staying just across my place, he himself came to my home and removed the drain the second day. The drain removal was a bit painful but after the drain was removed, I had no pain whatsoever. Neither from the incision nor from the drain hole that was left.
My recovery was uneventful and without any pain. Dr.Bascom visited me at my place everyday and I really have started missing our long discussions on Indian culture, Americal Culture and a lot of other topics.
I am now 100% fit and keep forgetting that I ever had this issue.
I am writing this today, On my birthday and I couldn’t imagine how I would have been feeling today had Dr.Bascom and Dr. Vismit not come to my rescue.
I apologise in advance if I have missed to mention anything.

Photos of Dr.Bascom and Dr.Vismit
 
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#33
What I am going to describe here is a roller coaster ride of a year I had dealing with my pilonidal problem which ended on the highest note possible.
Now that I look back and that Dr.Bascom actually travelled to India just for the purpose of treating my problem, It seems like a dream. Because believe me when I say that I have been so depressed in the last year because this issue, multiple failed surgeries that looked so farfetched to even think that a doctor of Dr.Bascom’s stature would be willing to travel to a different continent and treat me. The sheer enthusiasm, empathy and care that Dr.Bascom has demonstrated is out of this world. He truly is answer of prayers!
Sorry for the long post, but I would not be doing justice to Dr.Bascom’s great attitude if I kept this short!
History:
Since 2012, I had pain in my tail bone region which went mis-diagnosed for over two years as a fractured tail bone and there was never any discharge or any bleeding to indicate it was actually a pilonidal problem.I kept attributing that to my fractured tail bone and since there was no pin hole or any discharge, nobody ever thought anything else about it. However, in 2015, I had very little discharge and some moistness in the area which led my family doctor diagnose that it’s a pilonidal sinus. He advised me that surgery should be only sought after if it becomes a major problem since it sometimes can lead to un healed wounds which becomes even bigger problem that the disease itself.
Flair up and first surgery:
In Mid-April 2017, I had a bad flair up which created an abscess around the size of a golf ball just on my tailbone. We tried to subside the infection using anti biotics for 10 days, but it was not working. I decided for the surgery because of terrible pain.
I went for an open wound surgery on 26th April,2017. I was left with a wound 4 inches long, 2 inches wide and 1.5 inch deep.
As per the surgeon, it was to heal within 6 weeks. However, I faced really slow healing of the wound. It was never infected but daily changing the dressings and wound care became a huge problem. In July,2017 the wound finally healed and closed only for a day. The next day, the wound started tearing up from the bottom without doing any stressful activities at all.
I went for multiple follow ups with the same surgeon who did my surgery, but he did not have any other suggestions than to keep doing dressings and wait for it to heal on its own. For me, that was unacceptable!
Second Surgery
I went to a plastic surgeon in July who advised to pack the wound with streptomycin powder everyday and observe the progress over the course of 4 weeks. As per him, any wound, if there is no other pathology involved, should heal with this method in 4 weeks.
Tentative about going for another surgery, I decided to try that as well. But I was exactly in the same situation after one month if not worse. My wound was now fully open for the entire length of the earlier incision and was bleeding and painful. So I decided to go for Rotation flap as suggested.
I went for the rotation flap on 8th September,2017. It was a major surgery. A flap was rotated along with fat from my right hip to the cleft and sutures were taken on the midline. By the time, I have had enough research done on the decease to know that midline sutures seldom work, still I was hoping that this rotation flap would work!
It didn’t.
After the stitches were removed and I was given all clear by the surgeon, I still decided to rest for a couple weeks more to make sure that everything is healed up quite nicely and doesn’t open up like last time. (not that I started doing squats the last time around anyways )
In that rest period itself, wound split . I immediately went to the plastic surgeon and he said that we can do another surgery and close it up. But I was done experimenting since I knew by now that anything done on midline is not going to help me.
Dr. Vismit Joshipura (Guardian angel in disguise!)
Before I talk about how I got in touch with Dr. Bascom, I have to mention an Indian surgeon who has been amazing in supporting me through this difficult time. Dr. Vismit Joshipura is the surgeon I met after my rotation flap had failed and he has been very supportive through out the time. He always had time to listen to my problems. (it’s a problem here in India. Doctors never listen to the whole story and always assume). But Dr. Vismit is a superb human being. When asked him that would he agree to do this surgery under Dr.Bascom’s guidance he instantly agreed. That was a huge relief. His role in getting the Medical License for Dr.Bascom was also pivotal.
Contacting Dr.Bascom and selecting the approach:
I contacted Dr. Bascom by email in November 2017. I didn’t know if Dr.Bascom would even respond but I actually got a response within a few days where Dr. Bascom pointed me to his co-ordinator Ms.Michelle. Michelle has been great in co-ordinating my constant follow ups. Anyone else could have been easily frustrated but not Michelle. Its just amazing to see how humane the whole approach has been from Dr.Bascom’s office.
Unfortunately, during the same time, Dr.Bascom had an accident and broke is ankle which required surgery. Due to this, there was a gap of 2 months in the communication.
Our talks resumed in January and I personally talked with Dr.Bascom on phone. He was very patient and listened to me explaining my issue very calmly.
After the discussions, we concluded that I can either visit him and get the surgery done there, or he can guide Dr. Vismit to do the surgery.
I wanted to travel to Oregon initially because I wanted my surgery to be done by the man himself! However, thinking it through and only having bad experiences with surgeries so far, I was scared of travelling and get the surgery done.
On the other hand, I wanted Dr.Bascom to do my surgery as I wanted to believe that if the surgery happens, it must happen by Dr. Bascom and then, if it fails I was ready to accept that as my fate. If I had my surgery done by anyone else, there would always have been that doubt in my back of the head that is it my fate or lack surgical expertise (No disrespect to any surgeons. But we all know Dr.Bascom is the pioneer here) that’s required for this disease that lead to the failure?
I explained this to Dr.Vismit and he suggested that we should ask Dr.Bascom if he is willing to travel to India. We weren’t very optimistic but I anyways decided to take the leap of faith and asked Dr.Bascom if he can make the trip.
To my surprise, he instantly agreed and when I asked about his fees, he said he wont charge me anything apart from his travel and living expenses during the trip. (This shows what a great man Dr.Bascom is! I am not just saying this because he let go of his fees, it takes a lot of empathy and willingness to help others to travel half world away just to do a surgery)
I immediately agreed.
Arranging the trip
We needed a hospital which will host Dr.Bascom for the surgery. Dr.Vismit played a huge part here and he convinced the management at Sterling Hospital,Ahmedabad.
A temporary license is required for a foreign doctor to perform a surgery in India. The medical council of India (MCI) is the authority for this. I handled all the paperwork for the same.It was a close call since MCI requires the application to be made two months prior and we were looking at just 15 days’ time Dr.Vismit helped here to navigate the beurocratic mazes and we finally had the license just in time.
Dr.Vismit also coordinated with some other doctors across my state who were interesting in learning this technique and those surgeons were also present in my surgery. Dr.Bascom also gave a presentation on the same which was very informative to the surgeons. I was interested in this because I did not want anyone else to suffer from this ordeal that I had gone through. Not only I was focused on my surgery, I wanted it to become a repeatable process that can be performed by the local surgeons as well so that others can also benefit. Dr.Bascom’s support in achieving this has been phenomenal. Surgeons here have started performing this surgery locally and have seen some good results.
Dr. Bascom arrived on 20th April to my city. The surgery was scheduled for 24th April,2018. I took care of Dr.Bascom the best way could. Fortunately, his hotel was just 200 meters from my home. He loved the india fabrics and the india cusine as well.
I have never seen a man so down to earth in my life. Dr.Bascom is so humble, personable and accommodating that I still cannot believe.
The Cleft lift:
The surgery took 2 hours. As per Dr. Bascom, he did some correctional steps where the anatomy of my existing flap was made more favourable apart from doing the cleft lift as well. I had a JP drain put to drain the excess fluid for a couple of days.
Post-surgery, I had some discomfort but not a lot of pain. In fact, the only pain I had was due to the JP drain and not from the surgery itself. I was discharged from the hospital the

Photos of Dr.Bascom and Dr.Vismit
Could you send me contact info for his co-ordinator Ms.Michelle to check insurances accepted.
 
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