Cleft Lift, just about there!

Hey everyone, I just wanted to write out a post about where I've been with this whole journey as it's one that is no fun by any means but is definitely easier with some support. Long story short, I've been a pilot for about 4 years now and have been dealing with this issue off and on the entire time, no fun at all especially when you have to stay seated for 10-11 hours at a time. I'd had 3 surgeries to clean out the canals but each time the discharge would return, as well as a very pesky wound very far south in that region that just would not heal. Time and time again I would go to the doc and all he would do is put some silver nitrate on it and say, welp, hopefully it looks better next time you come in! Hmm, that's pretty sweet, especially the fact that it kept coming back and coming back.

Now if you can imagine (and I'm sure many on here can as this disease absolutely sucks) another twist to keep the fun times rolling, as a pilot, we are only able to fly if we are in relatively perfect shape. So each time I would go to the doc to get this stuff checked out, I'd be voluntarily saying that I wasn't able to fly and to keep me on the ground for a certain amount of time. Pretty awful when all you want to do is forget about it and go do your job. Anyways, what I was having done obviously wasn't working, on the underlying condition nor my livelihood. So after a long time of thinking there wasn't any end in sight, I started searching around for another answer and found this website. Here I found a possible solution in the Cleft Lift surgery so I figured I'd check it out.

Fast forward through a bunch of coordination at work to have the surgery done in a different state and figuring out the time to heal up and I'm finally to the point that I'm convinced that it's made a difference. The further I go from the surgery date, the better it's looking. I'm not 100% yet but compared to what it used to be, I'm very happy I went through all the trouble to make an appt with Dr. Sternberg in San Francisco to perform the surgery. Might I add that Dr. Sternberg has great bedside manner and seems to truly care about how you're doing. In short, he's the man, and if you're dealing with Pilonidal cysts and doctors just seem to be doing the same thing over and over again with no end in sight, he might be the answer you're looking for.

Like I said earlier, I'm not out of the woods yet but I feel so much better than I did when it seemed like nothing would ever work. Trust me, I know life can get pretty dreary when you feel like there's no solution to a problem but sometimes a bone is thrown your way and answers start to materialize. To those dealing with this awful and demeaning plight, keep pushing, you just might find your solution sooner than you think. (hint: check out the Cleft Lift and don't take 'no' for an answer to get checked out!)
Thanks for this. I'm likely doing a surgery during the summer (just given antibiotics hours ago), and I was a bit relieved when my doctor said that it would be a sewn-up wound rather than one that would need to be left open and packed with gauze. Hopefully it all goes well and I have a good success story.

I also sit on my åss a lot... working. I like biking, driving, AND I spend hours on my homework and sit in plastic chairs all day at school. I'm sure sitting at my desk for 9 hours straight (doing a two-week HW assignment in one night) - only getting up once to use the restroom - didn't help my condition.

I hope I can do all these things in comfort, henceforth from the surgery. Good luck to everyone.
This makes me feel more optimistic. This is probably going to sound odd, but I think I'd feel less depressed about this disease if it were on my back, arm, head, etc. The fact that it is where it is makes it seem comical, but it really is a serious ordeal that can wreck your daily life. I also love sitting on my a$$ and it really gets me down when I want to go for a motorcycle ride and it hurts too much to ride for more than 15 minutes. Scheduled my appointment with a doctor near me on Tuesday. Hopefully I can get the natal cleft surgery and be in decent shape by summer time. Best of luck to you all.

Jeffrey, how long have you been suffering with this?
Hey all, update on my case... Looks like I'm all healed and ready to fly again! About 2 months after the cleft lift is all it took as opposed to the 6+ months/no end in sight with the other procedures. Man was it a long road dealing with this but so happy to be at the end of it. Good luck to everyone in their own journies out of this ordeal!