Hi everyone, I'm a 22 yr old male, first time poster... but i thought i'd just share my experience (which so far has been a pretty mild pilonidal sinus experience compared to what i've been reading on these forums once i was diagnosed by my GP) Well i'm one week post-op from a karydakis procedure, and really really happy with it so far. Just had my vac-pump removed yesterday (so no more walking around the house being tied to things) as well as the water-proof dressing over the stitches. So now i've just got the stitches to come out in another week. Bit of backstory: noticed something was up with my tailbone area probably a year ago or more now. I've had two flare ups (both times i went to the GP straight away and first time was correctly diagnosed with pilonidal sinus disease) and keflex got rid of the flare-ups within days. I had two sinuses probably an inch apart. With the pain to the left butt cheek. Anyway... lots of disgusting fun all those flare ups and so fourth were. Back to the actual surgery: so i met my surgeon 3 weeks before the surgery and he explained he was going to do the karydakis procedure. Then 3 weeks later i rock up at the hospital, fill out a tonne of forms, meet several different doctors, gown on, meet my anaesthetists. Get rolled into surgery around 9.30am. IV needle goes in, General anaesthetic goes in (best feeling ever might i add) then i don't remember a thing. Wake up in recovery with an IV drip on my side. (I think i had an oxygen mask maybe... quite groggy and dizzy) Anyway asides from what was given to me in the surgery (i assume there was some form of painkillers etc.) all i was on for 4 days post-op was antibiotics and antiinflammatories. Pain level was zero. I was expecting a hellish post-op experience, but asides from not being able to sit, lie on my back or walk around too much (so basically house bound watching dvds) i feel great. This was really surprising (although this is what my surgeon told me, but i didn't really believe him). Anyway, i thought the surgery would be such a big deal. But i was in the hospital for 2 days and the most painful things were actually trying to sleep with the IV needle still in my arm but no drip (so it was in there for no reason but if they had to give me some emergency drugs) and the fear of having a catheta (sp?) shoved you know where because i couldn't pee properly for about 24-36 hrs post surgery due to the anaesthetic. (Luckily i pee'd enough that the nurses were happy it was slowly coming down (the volume of fluid in my bladder) after each bladder scan. Anyway i look forward to getting my stitches out and returning to full time work next week. Hopefully this is me all healed up and good. In another 5 weeks i can go back to exercising. Thanks for listening.