My cleft lift photos (surgery on Apr 1st 2014)

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  1. Praveen Srini

    Praveen Srini New Member

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    Hi all.
    I wanted to share my cleft lift surgery photos. I had an anal fistula which was discovered during the surgery. As can be seen on one of the photos, a red colored rubber-band was placed to ensure that stools coming out from the anus (secondary anal opening) does not affect the healing area.

    http://tinypic.com/r/15e7kfd/8 ---> Cleft lift Post surgery 10th day (shows the red rubber band-like thingy right at the anus)
    http://tinypic.com/r/1056y6t/8 ----> Cleft lift Post surgery 3rd day (Photo 1)
    http://tinypic.com/r/2hzplza/8 ----> Cleft lift Post surgery 3rd day (Photo 2)
     
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  2. Dan6481

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    Just had my cleft lift this morning and man is it painful. Trying to move is probably the hardest part saw my scar and happy to say although early it's looking good! Praying that you keep recovering man and beat this thing!!
     
  3. Praveen Srini

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    Hi Dan, yes I agree that the initial few days are tough. But when you grind it through and be done with that, you will definitely start feeling a lot better. Have a lot of fruit juices (especially prune which was recommended to me by the nurse at the hospital). It is okay to have sufficient pain killers initially to alleviate the pain. But try to gradually let go off the frequency of painkillers usage as it helps prevent any constipation problems.
     
  4. Dan6481

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    Thanks for the info I had my girlfriend go out and buy a crud load of fruit juice! Lol. Today has been a little easier than yesterday still taking a painkiller but trying to only take when pain is too much to handle! Other than that things seem to be going good! Keep in touch and tell me how your cyst is healing the next couple weeks!
     
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    i recognize the special underwear all too well in that one pic lol had mine 6 days ago and only really started getting sore 3 days ago....guess the anesthetics were wearing off still...I'm taking the painkillers as prescribed now....had a few bumps while getting out of bed that caused some pain so prefer to just stay on them lol lest the pain creep up on me. I had 5 cysts all in all the doc i spoke to post surgery seemed surprised at this...I guess since we only really discovered 2 pre-op lol ug pilonidals are horrible things! Nice to know they gone though Praveen you should post some more pics :) when did ur doc say u can go back to work? And when will you get the drain out?
     
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    Hey Praveen,
    How are you doing a few months post surgery? Do you have any updated photos? Any complications since then?
     
  7. Praveen Srini

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    Hi friends.
    First of all I must apologize that I couldn't get back early enough on this thread. Yes I have been healing really well. During the surgery I had a anal fistula. So Dr. Bascom had put a seton close to the anus to ensure that the anal fistula would not affect the healing of the operated section close to the anus. Now the wound has healed up very well. The only flip side is to it is due to the presence of the seton close to the anus, I feel a pricking sensation at times when I sit down for a long time. Its a mix of pricking sensation and almost looks like there is some kind of chaffing in between my butt cheeks. I have been advised to go in for a small surgical procedure that would remove the anal fistula and this would require a 8 week healing. But I was told this is nowhere close to the complexity of a pilonidal cleft lift surgery. So I am kind of buying my time on this now. But other than that, the cleft lift has done wonders. I am able to sit down on the chair for a couple of hours comfortably. After a couple of hours, there is certainly a certain degree of soreness due to the deep scar tissue but this is acceptable and fine to me. I am also able to drive my car comfortably. I am still not able to sit down on the floor cross-legged (to do yoga). For the most part, I am feeling comfortable.

    And to answer DJDS01's questions, I stayed in oregon for 10 days starting from apr 1st to get the surgery done and after I came back to az, I stayed back at home for a week. And after that I started going to office regularly. The healing rate was very fast as far as what I recall. My drain was removed on the 3rd day. I was hospitalized for 2 days to make sure that my response to the surgery was on track.

    I have some updated photos and I will share it pretty soon. Sorry for the delay.

    Dan6481, I hope you have recovered well too from your surgery? Curious to know.
     
  8. Dan6481

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    Hey guys sorry its been a little bit since I was last on here, but college and work have been consuming my life. I must say having the cleft lift has been a blessing. So I am having a little bit of bleeding as a tiny microscopic part of my scar opened but it is not anything to worry about as I have been taking care of it and my doctor cauterized the area. I put gauze in the area still to keep the moisture down and for the blood to absorb but I'm not dealing with a lot of leakage anymore. I agree with Praveen on the chafing and uncomfortableness, I feel after a couple hours of sitting down. I have actually moved to wearing boxers because I guess compared to briefs you tend to sweat less. I still am babying it as I have not been flying (training to be a pilot) nor have I been busting out hard workouts at the gym. But all in all things are def on the up, and I go back home to dallas next weekend to go see my doctor again. I will post another message on this forum updating you guys on the progress. I have photos but I am too lazy to actually go in and put them on my computer haha. Hope everyone is doing well, will talk soon. Peace.
     
  9. DJDS01

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    I've just passed 2 months post op....still draining :( if it's not draining it's closed and squishy in the area as though the liquid is trapped the doctor put me on a course of antibiotics and I'm de-registering from university :/ don't know what's happening and I think the doctor doesn't either....anyway gonna see him in a few days he said he may fit another drain but I don't think that will help to be honest...it's cotton thread and I can drain enough to use about half a roll of toilet paper sometimes.

    Interestingly I had heavy drainage early on....the doctor used a sheet to clean up the serous coming out the wound not long after the surgery. He seemed shocked even then.

    More recently I have been driving through to him and arrive having had serous soak through my pants (not an uncommon occurrence).

    My family is starting to get anxious/upset and I think I'm getting a lil depressed sitting at home all day sleeping til 2 pm easy :/ will let you guys know if I find out why I'm draining so much alternatively if anyone else has answers please tell me....a cardio-vascular surgeon friend says that if it's draining this long after the op the doctor probably missed some cysts.

    I have the video of the surgery just can't upload it due to internet problems.

    Anyway hope everyone else is well.
     
  10. Dan6481

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    DJDS01 I know its rough man but try to hang in there. i have been dealing with mine since october and am finally starting to see light at the end of a longgggg tunnel. Its easy to become depressed cause its embarrassing and this wound is not the best smelling thing on the face of the earth. if your draining through your shorts i recommend you try to by some gauze and double stack it so that way you don't ruin all your cloths. The squishiness is kind of concerning as it means your tissue is probably not the strongest under that skin and some on the cyst could be still left in the wound. I don't know where you are at but in the dallas area a doctor named David lambert did my surgery and it worked amazingly other than a tiny spot which I'm barely draining out of right now. Try to hang in there man and try buying alot of gauze and packing it daily it keeps moisture low and your pants wont show embarrassing drainage. Good luck and keep us posted!!!!
     
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    Hi Dan how do you feel now ?any update? thx
     

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