I just had surgery Tuesday afternoon. A small closed excision on the top of my crack for the original sinus and a 1.5 inch open excision where most of the cyst was which was about 3 inches away on my right cheek - it had tunnelled over and out. I can't really get a good look at the closed area because there is some swelling and I don't want to pull the cheeks apart to get a look. The open wound is very deep but is not bleeding as much as I would have thought from looking at it. My doctor stiched the wound open and said I don't have to pack it (thank g_d!). It's been 2.5 days and so far so good, pain is significant but manageable (with vicodin) and I am back at work today for a half day. So it's early but I am optimistic. I think I am probably lucky that most of the surgery was on my cheek it seems like a less painful area. Good luck everyone!