Cleft Lift Aug. 25

Here's a cleft lift question.... I got the drain out today - there's little to no drainage coming out of the wound. I was expecting it to be a bit moist and some blood coming out of the bottom but nothing. Or does this come at a later stage? My incision is quite long so I found it unusual?
 

Brandonw

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Well everyone drains differently. Really depends on how your body wants to rid of it. The drain is meant to keep most of it out while its healing. I never had a drain put in for mine but i do know a lot of others who did. I seemed to drain more at night as well.
 
Here's a cleft lift question.... I got the drain out today - there's little to no drainage coming out of the wound. I was expecting it to be a bit moist and some blood coming out of the bottom but nothing. Or does this come at a later stage? My incision is quite long so I found it unusual?
I am 2 weeks post cleft-lift. I did not drain much at all. Another member who's about a month post cleft lift also did not drain much. It's nothing to worry about; only worry if the little bit of drain that is there is more of a pus as opposed to blood.
 
I am 2 weeks post cleft-lift. I did not drain much at all. Another member who's about a month post cleft lift also did not drain much. It's nothing to worry about; only worry if the little bit of drain that is there is more of a pus as opposed to blood.
Yes I understand - blood/clear liquid is okay. Yellow/green liquid is infected.
Thanks, I just got a bit worried when I saw there was no drainage.
 
Hi Brandon how are you doing still good ? My so is 19 has not had any surgery so would ou say his first surgery should be the cleft lift from the very beginning ?
Instead of open or closed wound ?
You should not get any surgery other than the cleft-lift! Getting the cleft-lift as a first time surgery is the best possible scenario.
 
Yes i totally recommend the cleft lift! Lowest chance of recurrence and the healing is much better. Im doing well. I have a spot at the bottom of my incision thats being a bit of a pain. Other then that no complaints! I wish i knew about it the first time.
 
Just thought id throw an update in here. Almost 4 months.
Went and saw the doctor today. Had an increase in blood so i wanted to go and get everything checked out. I have an infection it looks like. Its opened in 3 places toward the bottom. Taking antibiotics and i go back next week. She doesn't think it is back but we will find out more next week. Definitely a buzz kill. Hopefully things will look up.
 

LILLY

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That's crappy. I'm sorry you're going through this. I know it's easier said than done but try to keep your spirits up. It may just be a blip on the radar.
 
Why does this have to be hard ! So sorry for you Brandon , and I am sure it is hard to stay POSTIVE but negativity just makes things harder . I know easy for us that has never had one to say ! My son having it is is causing me a hard time to be POSTIVE but I am trying really hard , he said yesterday my carefree attitude is really being tested ! And there is a little part of my brain saying you may want to freak out ! Bless y'all's heart I just hate it for y'all
 
Hey Brandon, sorry to hear about this man! I've read through your entire log, and I'm quite surprised that my experience has been totally different so far... I've had zero drainage since 1.5 weeks after my cleft lift. I'm getting paranoid hearing about yours, but I also think our circumstances were totally different since you had a few procedures before the cleft lift. Still, it makes me worry. But all you can do is look on the bright side, so that's what I'll do, and I hope you can do the same! Stay positive man and eat that nutritious food!
 
Thank you both! Ya it can be difficult to stay positive but one way or another you gotta try your best. Im trying to tell myself things will turn around and work out. Ive had drainage for awhile now it gets old lol. Il keep you all posted thanks again.
 
I'm sorry to hear that :( prayers and well wishes that the infection goes away quickly!!
 
Oh Brandon. I am so sorry. I won't repeat anything the others have said. I can't imagine the mental anguish you are going through right now waiting for an answer. I am praying for you.
 
Went to the doctors today and it went well. 2 of the 3 holes are just tiny dimples so the antibiotics seemed to have really of helped. The one at the bottom is less than a cm in width. The one dimple she checked with a cue tip to make sure it wasnt going anywhere. It bled a bit so she put a touch of silver nitrate in there. Other then that she doesnt think its a recurrence at all. I have to go back in 3 weeks and finish off these antibiotics. Thanks everyone for your help and support through this. Hopefully il continue to move forward from this. Happy holidays to you and your families!