maybe I should have surgery?

#1
I just recently started looking up info about my condition, and it seems to me that I have wayyyyy more flare ups than most people… like 4 to 5 a year, is this too much? should I be having this taken care of? I just can not afford to be out of work for weeks or months.
 

tyty501

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#2
Sorry to hear that.
Yes I would def look into getting it taken care of.
I also fully understand not needing to be out of work for a long time.
If you can find a cleft lift surgeon near by or within a 5 hour radius I would go for that.
Success rate is 98% and the healing time (without complications) is the quickest of them all.
I have had some complications, but if I hadn't of, I'd be near 100% now and it's been about 5/6 weeks.
The closed excision is a 2/3 week recovery but has a lot of failure rates (mine failed).
Open excision will take MONTHS to heal and still fails (mine did).
So go for a cleft lift if possible.
There's a list of surgeons on this website who are listed who perform the surgery and tells their location.
 
#4
4-5 a year is too much. Before my surgery I was getting a flare up about every 2-3 weeks. That finally got me to my breaking point and if your even thinking about it then you've probably hit yours too. You should start looking into your options for sure.
 

krisrenee

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#5
I only had one really big flare up before I had surgery. I had a couple small flare ups but they they drained or abscessed. They were sore and would go away on their own. I never knew what they were. 1 abscess and my doctor did the excision. Granted mind was super small. He's come in contact with many pilos. Made me wait a month and a half after lancing before he did the surgery and IF I needed it. Seems like every person has their own unique case. I couldn't imagine having a flare up that often. I would pass out.