T-minus 2 weeks and counting! So much has happened, everything has turned into a whirl wind. I have my cleft lift officially booked!!!! February 13 it is! And I'm nervous as heck... I don't think it will be a moment too soon though, as I just had the delightful joy of a silver nitrate treatment this morning for hypergranulation in my I&D wound. I also have several large pockets they can feel...that really hurt with any pressure. So...I'm trying to hold on here. I wanted to post this, not only to give another personal experience with the cleft lift...but to also offer information for anyone else who is looking at traveling for this procedure (potentially out of the country). So here it is...I chose the cleft lift as my ONLY option, due to all the horror stories that I have heard about everything else available. I just can't do it. I know going through an open excision would mentally kill me (let alone physically...I'd never heal the thing). So, the start of my experience (Canadian resident traveling to San Francisco, CA for the cleft lift): Travel Distance to Surgeon: ~1500km (and crossing the border of course!) Flight Time: Going down it will be about 6-7 hours with layovers, I forked out extra to have a direct flight on the way back (after the surgery), so it will be about 2.5-3 hours Costs so far (all out of pocket of course - American $): Surgeon: $5800 Anesthesiologist: $1500 estimate Surgical Centre: $6500 estimate Hotel: $2200 Flights: $1400 I still have to arrange for some mode of transportation (not sure if we'll rent a car, or do cabs or whatever), I have the expenses for pet care while we're away (2 cats and a dog), food and all other miscellaneous expenses that keep popping out of the wood work. Hubby is also taking 2 weeks off from work, so you can factor in the lost wages and what not. I'm hoping this gives anyone who is considering paying for this an idea of what all is involved. There is also quite a bit of arranging, back and forth discussions with the surgeon and surgical centre, and a lot of pre-medical stuff you have to arrange. I have also arranged to have the wound centre here see me when I arrive back home, to keep an eye on the healing process. As a side note, my family doctor still thinks I'm crazy, and does not understand why I would do this. She has given me a lot of pressure to see the local surgeon about the open excision and "find out the rationale for why we do it this way in Canada". As far as I can see....I don't see what rationale there could possibly be! I will keep this thread as up to date as I can as things get more underway and I really hope this information helps someone else out!