Healing post closed surgery

Discussion in 'Pilonidal Discussions' started by Lou Lou, Feb 21, 2016.

  1. Lou Lou

    Lou Lou New Member

    Feb 21, 2016
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    Hi all,

    I am 24 years old and after a long and painful history living with this disease I made the decision to undergo surgery. In January this year, roughly four weeks ago I underwent a pilonidal cyst removal and sinus flap repair surgery. The procedure was performed by a colorectal surgeon and was done under general anaesthetic, resulting in a closed wound with stitches.

    Fast forward four weeks and the top section of the wound has all but completely healed, besides a bit of scabbing, it has completely closed over and has formed scar tissue. At the very bottom of the wound however there is still a small opening that has not healed over and sometimes releases a small amount of pus. I had the last stitch removed today and my surgeon said that it is a "wait and see" game now. I was told to call if I have any issues, otherwise he will reassess it in three months time. He said that due to the positioning the bottom of the wound has difficulty healing and can result in a formation of another sinus. His stats were a reoccurrence of about 1 in 20 people.

    I want (or rather need) to do absolutely everything in my power to make sure that I am not that 1 in 20. So my question is, how can I best improve my chances of healing and limit the chance of reoccurrence. I took 2 weeks off completely to heal after the surgery and had a course of antibiotics. I am currently taking a supplement called Tissue Regenex which contains vitamin C and Zinc among other things. And also a high strength turmeric capsule and a multivitamin.

    I have read that avoiding sugar, grains (gluten), dairy and nightshades is helpful in some cases. Does anyone have any experience with this? I have been washing the wound daily and keeping it dry also. Any other advice or tips would be greatly appreciated.

    I have a very physical job which includes bending, some lifting and sitting which makes things more complicated. After visiting the surgeon today I am feeling extremely disheartened. I know many of you are in the same boat so I know you can sympathise (just as I do with you). Any advise is greatly appreciated,

    Thank you in advance.
  2. tyty501

    tyty501 Very Helpful

    Sep 13, 2015
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    I've been in your exact same situation.
    I actually just had some silver nitrate put on today and was shaven by my surgeon.
    If yours could do those things, I'd def try them.
    Honestly eating wise I have had both surgeons who I've been involved with tell me that stuff doesn't matter that much lol.
    Protein is about the only thing they said would help and vitamins of course.
    But as for the others, they acted like it wouldn't make a difference.
    Also if it's possible seeing how physical your job is I'd try to get off more than 2 weeks, probably 4 weeks would be better if possible.
    It's a slow process unfortunately :/.
    Other than that you're doing everything right.

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