Day 9 post op My husband and I were a little concerned. More than half of the incision looked kind of raw and moist. The drainage was continuing and we could see where it was coming from holes in the incision. We emailed pictures to our surgeon and he was quick to respond. He said everything looked good and that all of this was still normal healing. This is good news of course but it is still hard not to worry about your kid. This was really only the second time we took a picture of the incision. The jury is still out on posting pictures. So far really all there has been to see was a lot of marker lines, tape residue, swelling and some bruising. It's nothing I have been scared by but to me it looks like his surgery may have been a bit more extensive than some I've seen. I guess that is important to say also that even within the same type of surgery there will be variables. The extent of your disease, your previous surgeries, and the depth of your cleft will have an effect on appearance and healing. Day 10 post op Today it actually seems like there is a bit of slowing in the drainage. He is getting kind of tired of having the dressing changed even though it only entails a strip of tape across a piece of gauze. This does confirm for me what I expected which is recovery from an open excision would have been a rough road. Other than that he is moving around normally and sitting probably 50% of the time. He is off pain meds and is seeing friends regularly. If he had a job I would say he could go back to it by now as long as it didn't involve sitting for long periods. He has still not started driving but I think it's from fear leftover from his closed excision surgery. After that it took him 2 weeks. I feel like I'm leaving something out but there isn't too much more to say at this point.