My Recovery After Pilonidal Sinus Removal Surgery with open wound

#1
I only found out about my pilonidal sinus a month ago. It was painful and swollen, but there was no drainage. I was prescribed a course of antibiotics (Augmentin) by my family doctor. A week after, there was no pain but I could still feel a bump there. So. I decided to have a second opinion from a well renowned surgeon. He told me it will come back and the excision with open wound is the best option according to him. Since I was on holidays (I am university level student), I decided to have the surgery since these were my last 'holidays' before my spell at University ends.

3 days back, I had the surgery under general anaesthesia. I was very nervous since it was my first ever surgery. It was painless and the last thing I remember is putting a mask on :p . The surgery lasted 45 mins and I woke up an hour later. Surprisingly, I was laid on my back. There was no pain, and I was given a very mild painkiller by iv. I was feeling very well, ie no vomiting, etc. I stayed the night and I had the first dressing at the hospital itself the following day. It was very painful, and my surgeon had to come back since I was bleeding a bit too much according to the nurses. Two hours later, I was given the green light to go home. I was prescribed some antibiotics and a mild painkiller (1000mg paracetamol daily).

Surprisingly, there is virtually no pain. My cyst was quite small (2cm diameter), I guess the wound is not very deep because of the lack of pain. I don't think I've been given a long lasting anaesthesia since the first wound dressing was painful. I've been having my wound dressings daily done by a nurse at a local health centre. I hope I will recover soon because University resumes in 6 weeks.

I will update my story... Watch this space :)
 
#2
I am glad to read your post, as most posts on this site are worst case scenarios. My daughter's situations sounds similar to yours. She has a very small cyst, recently found and is getting her surgery in two weeks. She is not even in pain right now bc she had a round if antibiotics. I hope her pain level is not too bad, that's all I worry about. We will not have visiting nurses, but I have a friend that works at a children's hospital that will change her dressing for me the first few days.

Good luck!
 
#3
I am glad to read your post, as most posts on this site are worst case scenarios. My daughter's situations sounds similar to yours. She has a very small cyst, recently found and is getting her surgery in two weeks. She is not even in pain right now bc she had a round if antibiotics. I hope her pain level is not too bad, that's all I worry about. We will not have visiting nurses, but I have a friend that works at a children's hospital that will change her dressing for me the first few days.

Good luck!
Well, day 6 and the pain is a 2 on a scale on 10. I'm just taking my painkiller meds just before going for my wound dressing. I'm able to sit with my back straight, go to the toilet normally, I can even walk slowly without feeling pain.

P.s: I'm from Mauritius and wound dressings are free here in the local health centre. The nurse is very helpful and keeps telling me to stay positive! I guess I'll let him do all my dressing changes until my wound heals completely :)
 
#4
Day 11

I had an appointment with my doctor. He says the wound is clean and there is no sign of infection. There is virtually no pain now except when the wound dressings are made. My nurse says the granulation is under way, that's why it hurts a bit when the wound is cleaned. I can walk, sit and drive normally (but with some extra care)
 
#5
Week 3 (20 days)

Wound is healing up well. It's not rigid any more, I can sleep on my back (YES!) without feeling pain. I've started some upper body exercises. My wound is clean and red(which is a good sign according to my doctor). I'm having wound dressings every two days now and can bath normally. So, all positive on my side! :)
 
#9
Hey, congratulations!

Can you expand on the 'good diet' part? What do you think helped you with the healing? I've read about increased protein intake on this forum. Anything else? Thanks.
 
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