IF YOU'RE THINKING OF/GETTING SURGERY READ THIS

Discussion in 'Pilonidal Discussions' started by anonymous101, Feb 11, 2016.

  1. anonymous101

    anonymous101 New Member

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    Hello all,

    I am a 19 year old boy from outside of Washington, DC who suffered from two small pockets on my tailbone. I had this since I was in juinor year and did not think much of it and was embarassed to bring it forward. I would feel them getting sore and filled and would squeeze them to drain them in the shower, once a month. Life wasn't too bad, but little did I know it was getting worse without me knowing. My one pit i had went so deep it came back up below it and before I knew it i was having blood stains on my underwear and sometimes on my tucked in shirts. This caught the eye of my mom and finally told her what was going on.

    After research and going to the doctor, it was easy to know that this was pilodial whatever I dont know the exact name. We were referred to a local surgeon and the description of what he said made surgery seem like hell. But I thought, was living with this for most likely the rest of my life more hell? So a background on the surgeon, he was a local reknown general surgeon who had done these surgeries before with a 60% success rate. Basically he was going to cut it all out, then I'd have to let it air our for a week (naked laying in my house) and then be very careful. This all scared me considering if it didn't succeed it may become worse. At that point I said I was not going to get surgery and live with this. I ended up figuring out anti-bacterial soap in the shower really helped (I bought Hiboclens). I wouldn't get sore or anything, but there was still a chance. At this point it is November during my sophomore year in college and my mom found this site. She found a review about a specialist in Pittsburgh who apparently works wonders. His name is Matthew Rosengart, and let me tell you this from my first hand experience. This man is unbelievable.

    After reading about his way of performing surgery called "pit picking" where they clean each out and then stuff with gauze for 3 days, you remove the gauze and then keep a pad on it so it doesnt bleed if it does. His success rate is 80% and with my case considering how it wasnt huge, he said he thinks it will certainly work out. So December 18th 2015 was my scheduled date and we drove up to Pittsburgh and had a hotel room thinking I would be uncomfortable and stay the night. I was very nervous and embarassed. Immediately when we meet the doctor and he sees my cysts, he says "I can fix that no problem!" He injected the area with local numbing medicine and the procedure was done in 1o minutes. All it felt like was someone pushing their finger against your skin, he pushing you on the shoulder before hand and says it will feel like that and he is completely right. I felt so good and so happy we drove back that night, went out to dinner, and i slept fine. I was sore and had trouble sitting certain ways (as i expected) but didnt need to "air it out" or anything. I couldnt shower for 3 days until i pulled the gauze off. Pulling the gauze off hurt a little and will scare you cause it bleeds a little, but after it felt a lot better. Within a week of removing the gauze I could sit which ever way i wanted and my scars were tender, red (like normal scar healing) and I was a new man.

    Now I am almost sealed up completely and have had 0 issues. I actually recently fell down the stairs hard on my tailbone and thought "oh no my scars are gonna break open", but nothing happened. Words do not describe what this man has done for me. My case was not very bad, so worse might take longer to heal and perform the surgery, but either way GET THE SURGERY. Fly in that day and fly out. Drive up and drive back. He is the best in the nation and possibly the world. He's very nice, concerned with your opinions, and even dropped a couple of jokes in there to ease the mood.

    To conclude, I was the same embarassed, lonely, scared teenager with a pilondial cyst and asking "why me?" I was the kid to hide it from my parents thinking it will go away and making it worse. I was the kid who was afraid of surgery. But if I knew about this, I would have gotten it day 1. Here is my advice: if you have this cyst TELL SOMEONE (it isnt embarassing and only will get worse), call Dr. Rosengart about your situation (we emailed pictures) and see what he says, and get an appointment and change your life.

    Thank you I hope everything goes well.
     
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  2. krisrenee

    krisrenee Very Helpful

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    Yes. I encourage surgery/procedure past lancing to be done. People should not just live with it. The longer it's there, the worse the surgery will be. People must get it taken care of right when they know something is wrong. I had zero post op pain because I caught my cyst early. It was very small. If left alone too long, the surgeries are more difficult to do and heal from. Plus the surgery when caught early is so easy. The only cons I can speak of regarding the surgery was waking up out of the general anesthesia with very dry mouth and the taste of plastic lol. Stitches aren't fun... But even they weren't a burden. They were annoying. But it was nothing.
     
  3. laurenay

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    I can totally agree with you! I originally got mine in 2007, when I was 12. I was so embarassed. I didnt tell anyone about it until 2013 (I told my boyfriend and he made me take action and tell my doctor!) and I had surgery in August 2014. I have had complications and am about to have a second surgery. I wish I had dealt with it when it came up!!!
     
  4. anonymous101

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    In regards to this, Dr Rosengart does NOT put his patients under. The worst part of his surgery is the needle injection of local numbing medicine and really not much pain after other than direct contact which is understandable.
     
  5. GoVikings28

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    Hey man, your story almost describes mine to a T. Im 19, in college (in Minnesota), and I have two tiny holes like you described. I noticed them in August, right before I left for school, and looked it up and got too scared to do anything about it. I have almost no pain, and I can sit fine and what not. I've noticed lately I can feel a small bump near one of the holes, and it has me concerned. Did you have a visible cyst? And how long did you live with it before you got the procedure done? If I can drive to Pittsburgh and get this thing taken care of once and for all over spring break, I will definitely not hesitate. Any reply would be extremely helpful, thanks!
     
  6. krisrenee

    krisrenee Very Helpful

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    I would imagine that has to be for lancing. Never put under for that. If the cyst is big or bad, why doesn't he put people under?? That is baffling to me!
     
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    It's not lancing it's pit picking.
     
  8. Baxter4321

    Baxter4321 Very Helpful

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    I wasn't put under for my surgery, I guess I could've been if I wanted but I preferred being awake. There was a big glass case and I could see everything happening in the reflection, it was kinda interesting to watch my surgery and have the doctor and nurses tell me everything that was happening.
     
  9. krisrenee

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    I guess it depends on the surgery/prosedure. Lancing and pit pickings technically aren't "surgeries". I'm talking about excisions and cleft lifts. I know some people get excisions and they've gotten local anesthesia or twilight sedation. But theirs were very very tiny. My cyst was small (only had 5 stitches) and I was put under for it.
     
  10. Baxter4321

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    I only had 5 stitches as well but my doctor never suggested being put asleep, which really relieved me because I really didn't want that. I think it could depend on people's nerves as well, someone super nervous would probably best be put asleep.
     
  11. krisrenee

    krisrenee Very Helpful

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    You are right. When I met my surgeon two days after the lancing, I was very on edge. My lancing experience was horrific. My infection/abscess was very large and too infected for my local anesthesia to work. So I felt it when he cut me open to drain it. I went in for my surgeon to remove packing as I was directed. And I was extremely nervous. Thankfully I had a very calm surgeon. He really calmed me down. He said I will need surgery but assured me it'll be nothing like my lancing experience. I'll be put out for it. I'd rather be put out. I woke up asking them when are they gonna start? They said it's already done and I said "great.. I want a cheese burger." Lol. Never did get one.
     
  12. Baxter4321

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    Lol after surgery your owed at least a cheeseburger! After I left my surgery I actually got a chicken sandwich on the way home! Having a calm doctor definitely helps, my doctor was not the calmest the day of my surgery, before we went he was actually yelling at a nurse and I remember thinking oh man, this is gonna be weird. During surgery he actually got upset again because they didn't use the type of tape he preferred to hold my gauze on. There was one nurse though watching my vitals who was in front of me the whole time who was super nice and so calming, she talked to me the whole time about my job and I had just been on vacation and we talked about that, it was almost enough to make me forget what was happening. If I had been put asleep I probably would've been crying my eyes out beforehand, that's just something I don't want.
     
  13. krisrenee

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    Right? I got portillos instead but couldn't eat it.. I had extreme cotton mouth from the anesthesia and everything tasted like plastic from the tube they put down.. That's the only cons I can think of with the surgery.

    I did cry about going under. I never had a medical problem all my life. So this was a big deal for me. Having a good medical team was truly a blessing. They were all calm and smiling. When they called me back and my first nurse came in to start my IV it really calmed me down because she was so nice. Then I remember the anesthesiologist coming in and asking a bunch of questions in a silly way. Then they put something in my IV. I remember being rolled in and saying "it's so cold in here". And I don't remember anything else after that. I don't remember the room, the nurses faces at all. Whatever they put into your iv, it makes you lose the memory.

    I didn't like the thought of not being in control and being put to sleep. Once it was all over, I really felt silly because it was nothing at all. But to each their own. Oh.... The throwing up later is the other con. Ugh. Lol
     
  14. Baxter4321

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    Lol those cons are enough to keep me away! I knew I wasn't being put under but the first question I asked was an I still gonna need an IV, ice never had any type of medical procedure like this either so I was so scared of the IV, thankfully I didn't need one! I wouldn't have wanted any of that stuff though. After they rolled me into recovery there were other people sleeping and stuff and I was sitting on my bed all smiles. I asked for a cup of water and I remember seeing one nurse go up to the desk and pointed at me and said 'she looks great for just having surgery'. I drank my water, got dressed, talked to the doctor and got out of there. It was super cold in the surgery room though! I was basically in a tent of warm blankets.

    At least it's all over for us though!! My cyst would abscess about every 2-3 weeks for a couple months, so in May it'll be one year since my surgery and I'm just so happy I've been pain free!
     
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    I'm glad it was a pleasant experience for us! The surgery anyway. Lol. I had mine in December right before Christmas. I too have been pain free and haven't had any complications. What caused your abscess/cyst? I had a cyst for years but never knew. I workout a lot. A lot of ab work on the floor irritating it here and there. Then in October I went on a 13 mile bike ride. That is what caused the abscess for me.
     
  16. Baxter4321

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    I'm really not sure what caused it! I'm not hairy and I don't think I ever did anything to really cause it. It first abcessed about 6 ish years ago and then didn't come back until the beginning of 2015. But then it came back constantly, I've been lanced so many times I've lost count! I wish I could say I was as active as you and that's what caused it lol but it's more then likely not.
     
  17. krisrenee

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    Yeah I'm not hairy either but I'm sure mine came from constant pressure. I can't believe you've been lanced so much. If I were told I needed to get lanced again, I would faint. Then wake up and demand to be put under. My local numbing did not work. It was barbaric. I was screaming in shear pain from being cut and being able to feel it. Then to get it squeezed out and packed and feel it. It was so bad. My doctor did the surgery one month after the lancing. Didn't wait for abscesses to keep coming back.
     
  18. Baxter4321

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    I could always feel my lancings as well but I think I have a high pain tolerance, even after my surgery I wouldn't take pain meds, I just don't like them. There was one lancing where they gave me something and said oh don't worry it's just a mild pain killer.. It was not. I still felt everything and once it was over I couldn't even stand or see straight, I had to be wheelchaired out! Then as soon as I got home I drank some water and immediately started throwing up right after. I was so upset! I just don't react well to pain meds. So then did you only have to have one lancing? If so your so lucky!
     
  19. krisrenee

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    I cannot see how you have a high pain tolerance for me. Mine must be zero because it was agonizing. Unbelievably painful. Yes my abscess erupted at home but my doctor said I need to go ER do they can help get the rest of that fluid out. There was no way all that fluid would've come out without it being cut open more. I had two cups worth of fluid in that abscess. I had so much drainage and continued to drain for two weeks. He went to remove packing but it was too painful. He said that means infection was still very bad. Waiting two more days while still on antibiotic and removed and it was much less painful. He didn't repack it. Said my incision was too small and would've hurt. I was afraid it would close over and not finish draining. But if ended up finishing draining on its own without packing and my incision healed shut nicely. I had the surgery a month later. Didn't have any problems between the lancing and surgery. My infection was very large that I had trembling episodes a couple days prior to eruption. I took all the pain killers I was offered. I'm not one to take pain killers. Not even ibprohen. I usually take a headache like a G. But I went out... Bowed out this one. Narcotics please! Lol I didn't take any pain killers after surgery either. Didn't need them. Had zero post op pain.
     
  20. JesseB

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    I just had the surgery and have the open wound it is really not that bad just one thing to make sure if that the nurse that packs your wound does not use cotton packing it will stick to the wound and make your wound packing unbearable try something called Maxorb it is like a robe packing material it hurts almost none. The surgery itself was not so bad u get put to sleep and wake up after and stay in hospital for like 2 days and then get released and a nurse comes out to your house everyday to pack the wound but remember tell them not to use normal gauze it will be extremely painful during packing if they do.
     

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