Flap Surgery Advice

#1
hey guys,

After 11 months of my wound not healing I'm having the flap procedure with a surgeon called Mr Sood at Hartswood hospital in Essex. My wound healed 2 months ago but since then have had fairly regular big bleeds while going to the toilet, resulting in a small hole which then closes up within a few days before bleeding again a few weeks later.

Has anyone had the flap procedure done and have any advice? I think he said I'm having a transportation flap?! Also has anyone been opereted on by Mr Sood?

Thanks!
 
#2
Hi Dan,

I have read your posts and your case is very similar to mine.

I had surgery last September and never healed properly, it gives the impression it heals but then breaks down, bleeds regularly. I went back to see my surgeon a month ago and he said he needs to operate again (waiting list is 30 weeks, obviously on NHS).

After recommendation from members on here, notably Jonathon Irons. I booked a private consultation (not very expensive at all considering what I have been through) with Miss. Asha Senapati, she is very interested in the area and is one of the best surgeons in the UK for pilonidal issues, look up her work in medical journals. I am now booked in to have a Cleft Lift/Closure with her next week. Flap procedures are effective but far more invasive than cleft lift/closure.

Again your case sounds very very similar to mine. Please message me on here privately if you want me to answer any questions regarding cost of surgery/any private issues you want me to try and answer.
 
#3
Hi Dan,

I'm three weeks post op from having a rhombus flap, so far so good!

I've just started to sit, the operation was less painful than the closed removal.

It's a bit weird feeling wise, like having a wedgy and numb nerve feeling. But overall I'd say this although annoying is much better than it was!

I had mine done at Spires by Mr Garrett, who specialises in this operation so I've been told.

Sorry your wound didn't shut
 
#4
Hi Dan,

I have read your posts and your case is very similar to mine.

I had surgery last September and never healed properly, it gives the impression it heals but then breaks down, bleeds regularly. I went back to see my surgeon a month ago and he said he needs to operate again (waiting list is 30 weeks, obviously on NHS).

After recommendation from members on here, notably Jonathon Irons. I booked a private consultation (not very expensive at all considering what I have been through) with Miss. Asha Senapati, she is very interested in the area and is one of the best surgeons in the UK for pilonidal issues, look up her work in medical journals. I am now booked in to have a Cleft Lift/Closure with her next week. Flap procedures are effective but far more invasive than cleft lift/closure.

Again your case sounds very very similar to mine. Please message me on here privately if you want me to answer any questions regarding cost of surgery/any private issues you want me to try and answer.
Hi Louis, glad to meet someone who has been through the same thing as me! Its a bloody nightmare isn't it...! The worst thing is the mind games, i would be healed for a week with clean dressings and think its all going well, then one morning id sit down to go to the loo and just have blood everywhere! This cycle has been going on for 2 months now, for example i perfectly healed right now! for the last week I've been sitting and practically doing what normal people do, but I know that within a week itlll break down again, so bring on the surgery on Tuesday (20th June)!.

Good luck with your cleft lift! What date are you having it done?
 
#5
Hi Dan,

I'm three weeks post op from having a rhombus flap, so far so good!

I've just started to sit, the operation was less painful than the closed removal.

It's a bit weird feeling wise, like having a wedgy and numb nerve feeling. But overall I'd say this although annoying is much better than it was!

I had mine done at Spires by Mr Garrett, who specialises in this operation so I've been told.

Sorry your wound didn't shut
Hi Kelmisty, glad its going well! How long were you in hospital for?

Im having mine done on Tuesday and am very apprehensive!

Cheers,

Dan
 
#6
Hi Kelmisty, glad its going well! How long were you in hospital for?

Im having mine done on Tuesday and am very apprehensive!

Cheers,

Dan

I stayed overnight with a drain in, then they removed the drain and I was at home mid afternoon. There was a lot of internal stitches and a sideways Harry Potter style. I had three big stitches which were removed 8 days afterwards.

No sitting for the first three weeks, numbness is very weird.

I bet, I was scared it was going to turn into a huge nightmare again. But fingers crossed so far it is going well.
 
#7
Hi Louis, glad to meet someone who has been through the same thing as me! Its a bloody nightmare isn't it...! The worst thing is the mind games, i would be healed for a week with clean dressings and think its all going well, then one morning id sit down to go to the loo and just have blood everywhere! This cycle has been going on for 2 months now, for example i perfectly healed right now! for the last week I've been sitting and practically doing what normal people do, but I know that within a week itlll break down again, so bring on the surgery on Tuesday (20th June)!.

Good luck with your cleft lift! What date are you having it done?
Hi Dan,

I know the worst part is the uncertainty. I had an MRI also and it showed nothing at all, so we know it is just a wound that will not heal!

Good luck for your surgery today, let us know how it goes!

My surgery is 26/06 so next Monday, cannot wait.
 
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#9
Hi Louis!

How did your surgery go? Mine went very well, was knocked out for a few days with antibiotics, but am home now and the scar is healing nicely. Feeling very positive!
Hi Dan,

I know the worst part is the uncertainty. I had an MRI also and it showed nothing at all, so we know it is just a wound that will not heal!

Good luck for your surgery today, let us know how it goes!

My surgery is 26/06 so next Monday, cannot wait.
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#10
Hi Kelmisty!

Went very well thank you, I was feeling very unwell for around 3 days because of the IV Antibiotics, and was horrified when I saw a picture of my new bum, but 10 days on and I'm back home. Having iodine soaked gauze laid over each scar then dressed each day (by my girlfriend lol). So far so good! How are things with you??

Dan
 
#11
Hi Louis!

How did your surgery go? Mine went very well, was knocked out for a few days with antibiotics, but am home now and the scar is healing nicely. Feeling very positive!

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Hi Dan,

Went very well thank you. No surprises and she seemed very postitive afterwards.

Still slightly sore at the minute and had the drain and dressing removed yesterday. Which was a strange experience. It is feeling better all the time.

I also had a shock looking at my new shaped bum!

How long have you got off work??
 
#12
Hi Kelmisty!

Went very well thank you, I was feeling very unwell for around 3 days because of the IV Antibiotics, and was horrified when I saw a picture of my new bum, but 10 days on and I'm back home. Having iodine soaked gauze laid over each scar then dressed each day (by my girlfriend lol). So far so good! How are things with you??

Dan

I saw my consultant and he signed me off, so back to work on Wednesday.

Very weird feelings due to moving of skin and flesh, still numb but slowly improving.

I do however have developed a sore below by 4cm, which isn't part of the surgery, he thinks it's an infected hair, after two weeks it burst and is draining still. Hopefully this will go soon.
 
#13
Hey everyone hope youve all recovered, from what ive read Miss. Asha Senapati is one the of best in the UK.
I had mine with Mr. Carapeti, Privately in London and he was great. 10 months post cleft lift/modified karydakis and no problems.
Back to my sports with no pain
 
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