Childbirth with pilonidal cyst – please share your experiences

Discussion in 'Pilonidal Discussions' started by Gemini321, Jul 16, 2012.

  1. Gemini321

    Gemini321 New Member

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    Hi, I am terrified to be in my third trimester of pregnancy with a pilonidal cyst, and I would be grateful to hear your experiences with childbirth. Do you recommend vaginal or cesarean delivery? Were you able to have an epidural? Did a vaginal birth exacerbate your cyst? Was labor and delivery more painful? Did you have back labor and if so, was it on the cyst? Did you have episiotomy and tearing and how did that affect the cyst, or the cyst affect that? In my case, I had 3 pilonidal cyst surgeries back between 2000-2004—the first closing the wound and the second two leaving it open with packing. I also had all the lancing, silver nitrate, etc…tried everything..but it reoccurred. I’ve been living with that 4th pilonidal cyst for about a decade now—would rather live with it than go through another surgery. It’s still an open wound that drains itself. It doesn’t hurt unless I lean back at a certain angle like in a movie theater—and then there is shooting pain. Antiobiotics clear it up when it gets painful and infected from time to time (about once a year--which happened again this weekend). I am terrified of childbirth with it. My hospital anesthesiologist said I should be able to get epidural unless it is very infected at the time—but I know sometimes they don’t work well or only on half of body. Also, with all the pressure on a tailbone from possible back labor, I wonder if the cyst will be aggravated to a point where I will have to have a pilonidal surgery after childbirth—or if it will burst. (And also big babies run in my family—I was 9 lbs 10 ounces myself) which would seem to mean even more pressure. My OB will give me a cesarean if I want one due to my situation which is why I'm trying to find out if vaginal vs. cesarean is better in this case. Thank you in advance everyone for your advice.
     
  2. Laurel

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    Hi there, I realize your post was over 3 years ago - but I want to know how your childbirth went (i.e. how it affected your cyst). You cyst history of 3 surgeries, etc is a CLONE of my experience and I am expecting my first child in February. Any advice is greatly appreciated!
     
  3. Arowla

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    I just gave birth with a terrible cyst. It burst when I was recovering in the hospital. Basically, it flared up bad 1.5 months before I gave birth (I've had it for a decade). On my daughter's 2-month birthday, I had the surgery--my first (open). That was this past Tuesday. My cyst didn't affect my birth experience, though. I had an emergency c-section under GA due to completely unrelated events. And in a way it was nice it burst in the hospital--with my section I had nice painkillers and the nurses helped clean my burst cyst. ;) it was a pain having the cyst with the pregnancy, but at the point I was not sleeping on my back and totally uncomfortable, anyway.

    Congrats on your pregnancy and I hope all goes well! So exciting! :D
     
  4. Shel87

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    Hey there! I'm shel and I know this a continuation of an old post but I was wondering the same thing I had the same situation but I only had one surgery and countless amount of processors done. This is my first child (only 7weeks in) that I will be giving birth to. I had a pilonidal cyst cleft lift surgery in 2013 but had to get it lance 2years later so now once I have my episode it opens itself. Sometime it can be very painful right before it opens but over all I'll take that over having another surgery (researched too many pointless/countless surgeries that never worked) so why continue to undergo the knife if I can mange it. Sorry to get so graphic but I like details I haven't gotten much but where my cyst/opening is, is less than an inch away from my rectum and I'm scare b/c I really would like to give a natural birth if possible but I'm terrified that it will spilt open when doing so. I don't have my doctors appt. until March but I was wondering did anyone actually have a natural birth with have having an open cyst and if so how did it go? If not I will be glad to keep the ones that wants to know the same thing informed on how my pregnancy goes living with pilonidal cyst disease.
     

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