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  1. Cathy C

    Cathy C New Member

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    Dr. Jeffrey C. Uecker, (plastic surgeon)
    he did the cleft lift on me and was great this was my second surgery! my first experience was horrible (Dr. Jeffrey Snow, colon rectal) please stay away from him he made my life miserable! and Dr. Uecker fixed me!
    here is his info
    3449 Johnson St
    Hollywood, FL 33021
    (954) 964-4113 (Office)
    (954) 963-8121 (Fax)

    amazing doctor and amazing staff! he is affiliated with memorial! hope this helps!


     
  2. 7milerichard

    7milerichard New Member

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    Hi Cathy,
    Thanks for the above info. I am about to go get a second opinion - I had surgery 3 months ago and don't think its right, but my surgeon keep s promising me it fine - without any investigation or listening.
    Can you please tell me how you condition has improved (or not) after surgery with Dr Uecker? And just your general experience?
    Thank you so much!
    Richard
     
  3. Lucix3you

    Lucix3you New Member

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    Please tell me about your experience with Dr.Snow
    I am having a flare up and I'm scheduled to see him Dec.10
    I would love if you could tell me more about him and why ueker was better


    I'm terrified of having this done






     
  4. 7milerichard

    7milerichard New Member

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    Hi all.

    I had quite a complex surgery with Dr Uecker on the 28th of October. Less than one month ago, and I am almost healed up.
    This was my 3rd surgery for the same thing (from different surgeons) - and it seems like Dr Uecker and his team have done it correctly.
    My previous surgery was with both Dr Grossman (father and son) in Aventura - and their follow up was very weak when it came to actually checking that the job was done. When I said I was in pain and I believed it was re-infected they just told me it would get better. Virtually just looking at the scar and telling me it was great, not even acknowledging what was going on deep underneath. (Pain/swelling/tenderness/burning/etc was not acknowledged)
    Eventually I cancelled my follow ups because they really didnt care about what I was saying, and I went to Dr Uecker who is a plastic surgeon. When they (Dr Grossmans) had told me I was fine, the next day Dr Uecker told me I would be in surgery next week - ASAP. Two different worlds.

    The main reason I have faith in him, and even if it re-occurs, is the relationship, understanding and explanation given to my individual situation. He knows that these things are tough and admits that they can reoccur, but so far I am 95% healed.
    He, and the nurses, are happy to explain whats going on back there, get technical, and give honesty (instead of just a pat on the back and saying "you'll be fine.")

    The surgery itself took out a lot from my middle section in a vertical direction and from that long incision they tracked the cyst all the way across my right cheek. He inserted a drain into the right of my cheek which really alleviated the swelling and that stayed in for 5 days - although uncomfortable it was very effective. The surgery was done at Memorial Hospital in Hollywood, FL. The original pit that the two previous surgeons didn't close up successfully seems to be gone too.

    I have had liquid build up twice since then which he has drained via a syringe - usually this seemed to build up after too much activity or driving. But after syringing about 25mls of blood, the swelling goes down.

    I hope this gives some insight to what I went through and what kind of character Dr Uecker is. Like I said, even if it comes back I would go see him again.
     
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  5. Lucix3you

    Lucix3you New Member

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    I hope my post will help others. I've had mine lanced 3 times within the last 3 years. I was referee to Dr.Snow but after many many many reviews I decided to go else where. After reading about Dr uecker, I scheduled and appointment with him, had the consultation where I asked if he was familiar with the cleft lift and he wasn't...he thought I was talking about a cleft lip.... Being that I wanted to get this out of the way so badly I agreed to get the surgery with him anyway and was scheduled for surgery a week or so after. I wasn't given any pre- or post operation instructions. I'm not gonna get into all the details but I ended up at the hospital ready to be sliced but I had eaten a piece of bread ( maybe I should have known not to eat anything before a surgery..but I was not aware...it's my first surgery ever) it's safe to say that I didn't get the surgery done that day.
    I can't tell you guys enough how happy I was that I didn't go through the surgery with him. I continued to look for other doctors and found Dr Shapiro in west Palm beach. Its about an hour away from me but so worth it! Knows all about pilos and takes his time explaining and answering questions. I feel so much more confident about getting this done now.
    Please take your time looking for surgeons and don't just take anyone's opinion. I know I'll never make that mistake again.
    I'm scheduled for surgery in February. I may or may not post all about it then.

    I mostly just wanted to clarify that Dr uecker isn't really familiar with the cleft lift at all... He just has his own method of dealing with the cyst. And if your ok with something other than the cleft...then yes I guess you could go to him.
     
  6. Lucix3you

    Lucix3you New Member

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    UPDATE

    I got my cleft lift procedure done on March 2, 2016 with Dr. Shapiro in West Palm Beach, FL.

    I cant tell you much about the procedure because I was put under general anesthesia and don't remember anything except the moment right before going to sleep and waking up.
    Once I woke up, the nurse asked me how I was feeling and I said I had a little bit of pain ( I was totally out of it too, I felt like I took the best nap of my life) he gave me some medication and waited for me to feel better before I could leave ( I took a while to leave the hospital because I got really nauseous and felt like I wanted to throw up, so I ended up taking a little nap and then got cleared to go home)
    I waited 2 days before taking a shower and removing the gauze as per my instructions. Once I took the gauze off I was so scared to look at the incision because I thought I was going to be deformed but once I got over it, it really wasn't all that bad... The look of the stitches was what freaked me out the most. I think my incision was about 6-7 inches long? and I had a drain that needed to be moved around twice a day.
    I had my wonderful boyfriend help me throughout the whole healing process. * I believe he deserves an award for putting up with me*
    He cleaned and dressed the wound twice a day as per my instructions and then had my first appointment a week after surgery. Everything was going great... everything except the major constipation that the anesthesia caused!
    I couldn't use the bathroom for days and even when I thought I could, the pain was unbearable.
    Please talk to your surgeons about this issue or just be aware of it in general so that you could take a laxative once you are home or whatever.... just don't go into it blindly like I did! I promise you... this was the worst part of the surgery and it had nothing to do with the PILO :|

    This post could be really long but ill cut it short. I had great results. The healing went perfectly and I returned to work about 3 weeks later.
    If you have any questions feel free to ask me.

    Also,
    If anyone has gotten laser hair removal I would love to know more about it..... im considering getting it done but don't know what to expect.

    DR. Shapiro was the best and I highly recommend him for anything in the south fla area!
     
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    Would you mind telling me a bit more about Dr. Shapiro? I'm in the S. Florida area and am looking for surgeons, but Shapiro is a common name down here. :eek: I would love to hear more since it sounds like you had a great experience - well, as much of a good experience as surgery can be.
     
  8. Lucix3you

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    Hi! Glad you found my post
    His name is andrew Shapiro and he is in west palm beach.
    His phone number is
    (561) 333-1335

    He knew all about pilos, is familiar with this site, he explains and answers all questions you may have. He's great...
    I couldn't have asked for a better surgeon. If I had to do it over....which let's all hope i don't ever have to lol...I would do it with him

    Did you have any specific questions you wanted me to answer?

    You should call a few places and go have your consultation.
    If you're on this site and reading all about pilos you're gonna know right away if the dr is the one.
     
  9. Reily96

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    Thank you! That's good to hear! I've been worried I'd have to drive up to Orlando or Tampa in order to get surgery, so I'm taking the names of any doctors who have experience with the procedure. My dad actually knows a person who had the cleft lift done, so we're asking him about his surgeon, but so far I've been getting weird results? The guy had his procedure done down here in Miami, but Im getting results for a doctor in Rhode Island? After looking up Shapiro, I see he's got a really good reputation. And that's definitely a helluva recommendation - but I hope it doesn't happen to you again, definitely! I'm going to keep looking around, of course, but I'm finding it difficult to find doctors with cleft lift experience.

    As for any specific questions... I'm really not sure what to ask that hasn't been answered, but I've also never had any sort of surgery before either, my first lancing was the only procedure in which I'd been cut open in any form.
     
  10. Lucix3you

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    I called a ton of doctors and none were familiar with the cleft lift... I was starting to think that all the things I was reading about on the internet were wrong! lol

    I had more pain after the lancing's then I did after the surgery!

    Wish you the best and good luck!!:wigglebum::)
     
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    Hi Cathy! I am trying to schedule an appointment with Dr. Uecker in a couple weeks. Just making sure, that he did perform a cleft lift, because
    Lucix3you said that he was unfamiliar with these! Also, what was your recovery time like? Are you still okay? Thank you so much!
     
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    Lucix3you I have an appt with Dr. Shapiro in a couple weeks also (weighing my options). What was your recovery time and how are you doing now?
     

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