Hi everyone ! my name is Abdelrahman, i am from Cairo,Egypt. i have had Pilonidal cyst for the past 6 months or so, tried antibiotics for 3 weeks and it did some progress but the cyst itself didn't disappear, only the bleeding and pus coming out of it. finally after finishing college i decided to take the open wound excision head on like a boss, i did the procedure last Thursday 5-July-2012 and i am now on the 5th day post-op. the entire procedure took about an hour and a half in which i was completely asleep, complete anesthetization is perfect for this kind of procedures where the surgeon has to play around in the butt area until every bit of infection is removed. i had my first wound pack changed 48 hours post-op by the surgeon himself, my mother is a Doctor so she was there but she was very surprised at the size of the wound, she thought he had removed some skin that was infected but did not expect the wound to be that deep and long. i had my second packing changed today but a couple of hours ago i bleed, not much but it was noticeable, apparently the nurse pulled a gauge so hard that it actually damaged the wound a little bit. my mother decided to change the packing for me for a couple of weeks until it's safe to do it on my own, god bless her. i am thinking of making a picture album to show the progress and to see the wound myself because i haven't seen it till now. i am also a bit hairy in these parts, the surgeon did remove some hair with the scalp before operating around the wound place but now i want to get the entire area cleansed of hair. any suggestions concerning post-op hair removal? i am thinking shaving? but not too keen on a razor next to an open deep wound. thank you and any tips on seating positions, exercises or diets would be very helpful !! and also about those soaking baths before pack changing, isn't tap water supposed to be filled with bacteria and such? is it dangerous to soak in it with an open wound? i wish u all a quick recovery and thank you for an amazing support group !