Cleft Lift in a Week-post op

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  1. Girlbooty

    Girlbooty Very Helpful

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    Hi everyone! I am having my cleft lift done on Monday with Dr. Zerfas in buffalo, ny. A little backstory: when I was about 15, I had a draining, non painful sinus that was only a minor annoyance. Went away with a prescription of Keflex. Fast forward to 19, in college, and I had a draining sinus that was slightly throbby, went away again with Keflex. Now I am 24, and in February I had a full on flare up. The Keflex did not work this time, and I was sentenced to epsom salt baths and hot compresses to get the thing to drain. I couldn't sit, lay down, stand, I could barely walk. My doctor wanted me to get an excision and I said no way. I did some research and found cleft lift and decided that is what I wanted. Does anyone have any advice for the following?:
    How do you go #2?? I feel like sitting on a toilet would be uncomfortable at the least.
    When did you start taking the stool softener?
    Does the procedure leave you with a crack at all, or is it just smooth?
    I have a month off from work, does anyone have any suggestions for sitting at an 8 hr desk job with a 30 min commute? They are willing to let me take off however long I need but I am anxious to leave my desk any longer.

    Thank you for any and all help!
     
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    1. you'll feel like you have to go more than likely but you won't have anything come out for a bit then probably an easy #2....I was so worried that I would hurt something but all went fine when I finally was able to go...I would recommend using flushable wipes to clean up better down there then using tp again to keep everything dry in there...
    2. didn't, took a few days but did #2 just fine...
    3. my crack is still there, it's shallower but still mostly looks like a normal butt...
    4. you're going to want to try sitting gradually at first, stopping when it hurts....your first week is probably going to be spent on your side, you won't be able to sit long at first...usually at week 2, most of us start trying to sit, only a little bit then working up to more as time goes on....this all takes time, you're going to want a tush cush or a coccyx pillow for longer sits and or for hard surfaces....
     
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    1. & 2. at first, I was scared of going #2, but when its there its not bad at all. I took stool softeners the 2 days pre-op and the first BM was soft. Granted, it is going to feel weird and you might feel pulling and small amounts of pain, it will be fine. Just don't push it out as if you were constipated. After day 2 post-op I stopped taking them because the antibiotics I was taking pretty much caused the same effect
    3. crack still intact
    4. I think a month should be fine, but I'm still just 1 week post op... so we'll have to wait and see

    Edit: also recommend baby wipes/wet wipes they help a lot with cleaning the area, better than tp
     
  4. Robert Eden

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    I don't remember any problems going to the bathroom....

    B TW, I have a Bidanit That beats wet-wipes any day! (as long as you don't have hard water)

    Robert
     
  5. Brandonw

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    Hey there i to am from buffalo. I didnt know anyone in buffalo performed that! You are absolutely sure he does these and has done them before? I have to schedule for one and i was going to go to syracuse but if there is one closer that would be wonderful.
     
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    She* I called already but thank u. I have an appointment setup. So we will see
     
  7. Girlbooty

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    Thank you everyone for all your great advice!! I feel much better and more relaxed about this, it's my first surgery ever (besides tonsils when I was 6). I think I am gonna have to check into what kind of water we have hehe.
    Hey Brandonw, she is a relatively young surgeon, and I searched high and low and side to side for a buffalo cleft lift surgeon. I was actually going to take the drive to Pittsburgh to see dr Rosengart before I found her. She described the procedure exactly to me, and it is the only procedure she has ever done. Super nice and not afraid to answer your questions. Good luck!
     
  8. Brandonw

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    Same here and those were the closest. Im glad i saw your post. I spoke with her on the phone and she explained it as well. So ya keep me posted if you could that would be great. Hope all goes well for you!!
     
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    My cleft lift is tomorrow morning, I am going to try to keep this updated with my progress. Especially since it was so hard trying to find a surgeon in Buffalo who would do this procedure! Trying not to psych myself out because this is my first surgery!
     
  10. Brandonw

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    Ok please do! thanks. Im seeing her tuesday. Best of luck hope all goes well!!
     
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    good luck to you! we're all around if you have an questions....
     
  12. Girlbooty

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    Well I am in and out of surgery and SITTING outside the pharmacy waiting for my pain script to be filled!! Dr Zerfas does her surgeries at Mercy Hospital, and the nurses were very good to me. The last thing I remember is being wheeled into the or, and the next I was waking up in recovery. The only time it was slightly sore was in recovery because I was on my back. My dressing only needs to be changed as needed, and I can shower tomorrow. My puppy wanted nothing more than to say hi but my husband stopped him thankfully haha. He likes to jump up and cuddle on my back but somehow I don't think that will be a good idea...lol
     
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    How's the pain? On a scale from 1 to 10?
     
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    Like a 0-1, but also I am still feeling the local anesthesia. She gave me lortabs if I feel any pain.
    The most annoying thing is the drain, it's called a Penrose drain and isn't attached to a bulb, it just drains into gauze so my husband has had to change the gauze three times since I have been home. It's already noticeably slowing down.
    The incision itself is about 4 inches long and 3 inches deep. I must have had it all growing in one spot. My husband says it looks good though!

    Edit: my incision is actually closer to 6 inches, my husband took a closer look at it
     
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    Wow well glad to hear. That sounds good and i hope you are still feeling well. Thanks for the update and get some rest. Let me know how it keeps goin thank u much!
     
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    Day 2:
    Last night was rough, I slept for about 2-3 hours at a time because the anesthesia is wearing off. I'd say it was about a 3 on the pain scale, but definitely more sore than hurting. I took 1/2 pain pill at 6am and just took another 1/2. That seems to be helping and not incurring any nausea so far. I did sit and have a little breakfast before taking it and my husband changed my gauze before he went to work. Thankfully my mom is coming in a little while to keep me company!
     
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    Hey Brandonw let me know how your appt goes!
    Kittygirl I'm sorry I didn't see your post until now, I'm very thankful for your support and willingness to answer my questions!
     
  18. Brandonw

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    It went well thank you. Hope you are doing well also. Hows today been for you? Im probably going to get it done myself just have to get the insurance figured out. She is very nice.
     
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    Glad to hear!
    It's going well, I can lay on my one side opposite the stitches, drainage is reducing like they said, yesterday I was changing about every 2 hours, now I am changing whenever I use the bathroom and there isn't a whole lot. When it gets throbby I take another 1/2 pill. It's actually most throbby where I think the drain is, the stitches themselves aren't so bad. Still haven't gone #2 (tmi) which I am the most afraid of but she did prescribe OTC stool softeners so we'll see how that goes...
     
  20. Brandonw

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    Ok cool. That sounds good. Overall everything seems to be going well. The worst part is the bathroom part lol. I can imagine that drain is uncomfortable. Do those stitches get removed?
     

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