Cleft Lift Recovery Log

#83
Glad to hear you're getting the cleft lift! Sounds like you're in good hands. I'm getting mine with Dr. Reinhorn in Massachusetts in January 2015. I've learned so much and gained so much from this site as well, and I plan on posting my full story and recovery log as I near the time of my surgery.

Good luck tomorrow, and we'll all be here to support you as you recover!

Hey InkSlinger,

Extremely great to hear you will be having your Cleft Lift surgery with Dr. Reinhorn. I have had a small pea sized cyst for almost 3 years with not one issue and only now just had my first flare up (due to all the situps at Crossfit most likely!). After researching i have decided it may be best to have the Cleft Lift done to just get rid of it once and for all. Dr. Reinhorn is the closest doctor to me that i was able to find to do the Cleft Lift.

Would you mind letting me know how you liked him, how was the consultation, and also since it is now January and you are due for the lift, do you mind keeping us updated as i would love to know how your surgery and recovery goes overall with Dr. Reinhorn?

Good Luck and hope you have a speedy recovery!
 
#84
Hi Jonathan,

I like Dr. Reinhorn a lot. He's very, very knowledgeable and thorough. He lets you ask a ton of questions and you don't feel rushed at all. He's really a relief to talk to. His nurses are fantastic, as well. The appointment goes like this: you'll talk for a bit, tell him your story. Then he'll shave the area and examine you and let you know what he thinks about the location of the cyst, any sinuses he sees, etc. He'll draw you a picture of what he sees, and explain what the cleft lift entails. Oh, and he'll probably tell you that he wants to wait until things are calm back there before he does the cleft lift, and that it's OK to wait until it's a convenient time. You'll walk out of his office feeling good about things.

I've had my cyst for a long time, but only had my flare up (and subsequent lancing) in June/July 2014. Since then, I've been following Dr. Reinhorn's instructions to keep the area free of hair and to wash with Hibiclens daily and have had no problems. So now, for me, the hard part is getting up the courage to go into surgery recovery and all that jazz when I have no pain or issues at all. It would almost be easier if this were bothering me! But I know it's the best because who knows when things will start up again. Better to get it taken care of once and for all.

I'll certainly keep everyone updated here. After my cleft lift, I'll start a recovery thread and keep everyone updated.

Thanks!
 
#85
2 Months/Day 67 (Update)

I haven't been on here in a while, but just wanted to give another update. Wow. That's really all I can say, I feel great. My life has completely returned to normal like the cyst was never even there. I am back to running, back to my physical job, back to sitting whenever and however I want, not having to worry about blood draining out of my cyst, or the cyst causing me to be itchy all the time. I don't even think about it anymore, other than the scar that's there to remind me of the surgery. I still take really good care of the area, making sure to shower every night after any workout or sweaty activity. And I still take other precautions, like getting up out of my seat and moving around every hour or so to keep from slouching on my tailbone. All that aside, things couldn't be better right now. I owe a lot to my surgeon and a lot to this forum. I've said it several times before, and I just want to reiterate again; if you're considering cleft lift, do it. It's the best decision I made and couldn't be happier that I went through with it. To all those of you suffering from this terrible disease, keep your head up, there is HOPE. As always, message me with any questions.
 
#86
Hey Brian, I'm trying to decide which surgeon to go to for this. Was it quite the hassle going back for all of the follow up visits? How bad was the drive home? I live about 7 hours from Chicago so it would be quite the drive.
 
#87
Thanks for making this log Brian. I had seen two doctors about this issue and Dr. Brand was by far more knowledgeable. Followed your log throughout my surgery record and it helped me out a ton! Just had my 6 week checkup and everything is going great. Anybody out there lurking on the forums before committing to cleft life surgery my advice is to just do it! Dr. Brand is an amazing surgeon.
 
#88
Thanks for making this log Brian. I had seen two doctors about this issue and Dr. Brand was by far more knowledgeable. Followed your log throughout my surgery record and it helped me out a ton! Just had my 6 week checkup and everything is going great. Anybody out there lurking on the forums before committing to cleft life surgery my advice is to just do it! Dr. Brand is an amazing surgeon.
Absolutely, I'm glad you were able to find it and that it helped you. Dr. Brand is an amazing surgeon. Almost 1 1/2 years later and I am still feeling great. I have been meaning to make a 1 1/2 year update, but haven't gotten around to it yet.