Done with this.

Discussion in 'I'm Healed and OUTTA HERE!' started by Peter CT, Oct 22, 2008.

  1. Peter CT

    Peter CT New Member

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    I added a story in the "stories" section. I had excision surgery in March 2008, it took about two weeks to heal, no problems since.

    My advice to fellow sufferers is as follows: The sooner you treat your pilonidal the better. The surgery I had was not bad. The healing process was also not bad. It says 6-8 weeks on many sites. I suppose it depends on the seriousness of the situation. I was healed in 2 weeks. It would have been worse if I had kept waiting.

    Good luck all. Treat sooner rather than later!
     
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    sufferingfromthis New Member

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    Thats great news Peter. Congratulations on being done with this beast.

     
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    I agree

    I heartily agree with this advice. From all I've read, it seems to only get worse the more you delay. If you don't let it get too bad, the healing time is pretty reasonable.

    We had a great experience with excision and open wound healing. I wrote a post about a product we use that keeps the area lubricated so that the skin doesn't get raw and allow hair/debris to start to fester again.

    Congrats!
     
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    Well, seven years later and here I am again, fellow pilonidal sufferers. About 1.5 months ago I felt that unique pain near the tailbone that we all know. My wife confirmed a new hole. 7 years later, wtf?! Went back to Dr Harlin in Manhattan who said it "might" resolve with antibiotics. It did from a pain viewpoint but the sinus was still there and acted up as soon as I stopped the antibiotics. So.....today I had another excision with open healing. Basically the same procedure from 7 years ago. The only difference was location (a bit higher - good) and the local injection did not hurt nearly as much - also good. I am lucky to have my wife here to help packing. We are both pro's on this topic. Now I find myself in the familiar position of laying on my stomach in bed after the first unpleasant packing change. But I know that with each change it gets a bit better.

    Another enjoyable and long conversation with Dr Harlin (seriously - his bedside manner is great) confirmed two things:

    1. There is no fool proof cure for pilonidal disease. There is always a chance for reoccurrence, even after years, and regardless of chosen procedure. Sorry.
    2. The sooner you deal with these the better. A small 1 inch cut is far easier to deal with and faster to heal than waiting for the pilonidal to spread.

    This is an excellent site and my personal gratitude to the site owners for their service.
     

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