Recovery concerns

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  1. Hope4Sun

    Hope4Sun New Member

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    Hi. Dr Caplan performed my cleft lift surgery in PA on Feb 26 (9 days ago). I'm a stay at home mom of 4 young kids who's, as you can guess, life is ALWAYS on the go. Having this surgery was a very rough decision for me but my husband was encouraging and Dr Caplan assured me it was an easy 2-week recovery.

    Surgery went well, 5 pit removed, stitches, tape, sent home. No drain, etc.

    Here are my concerns:
    1) I haven't had a BM in 9 days!!!! I'm taking senikot, benefiber and miralax. I realize the anesthesia, pain killers and normal genetics all play a role in this. But I can't even imagine the pain I'll be in once I finally go!

    2) I have a (?) scar tissue lump on my left cheek that feels weird when I walk.

    3) the tape is an awful feeling. Wedgy all day long! I think I get it off at my post op appointment on Monday. But after 10 days what can I expect?

    4). I can't sit or lay on my back. The nurse said I wouldn't cause any damage but my wound did NOT like me laying on my back. My hips are hurting from side laying every day.

    5) After this weekend I'm back on duty, we do not have support lined up. So by day 17 post-op I have to be able to drive, lift my baby, cook, clean, shop, run etc. Some peoples post says they were doing that in a few days! How the heck is that possible!?!?!?!

    6) the nerves regenerating. Pins and needles sort of feeling- any more info about what to expect?

    Thanks! This is my first surgery, ever. I delt with PD for 18 years before this. Happy it's done but need to see the light at the end of the recovery tunnel!
     
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    tyty501 Very Helpful

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    Congrats first off on getting a cleft lift, best option for sure!
    I'll do my best to answer from my personal experience when I was in your shoes.

    1) 9 days is quite awhile but yes with all your body has been through, I'd expect it to take some time. I think it took me 4 days to go. I was scared to death lol but I went and honestly everything was fine! Not a drop of blood. Just do your best to keep the stool soft and do NOT push/strain, and you should be okay! Some bleeding isn't uncommon but I promise it'll be tolerable and better than you think!

    2) Honestly no idea, sorry :/. Just glad it's not in the midline so I wouldn't worry!

    3) I didn't have tape put on me for multiple days, but I do know that it can aggravate the skin and hurt a lot. If for some reason once it's removed and you need more, there's some tape I found that I can give you the name if need be that was awesome and didn't irritate my skin at all.

    4) I understand how that sucks :/.
    After about two weeks you'll be able to!
    Just try to lay on your stomach more if possible, I had the same issue with my sides hurting badly.
    Just try to lay on the stomach more and or stand up some if possible for awhile to let your sides rest.

    5) I agree with you, I don't see how people did all that lol. I could only drive and walk some at day 17. I wasn't in much pain, but I didn't want to stress myself so I took it easy.
    It all just depends on the person but do not push yourself and you'll be okay. If something hurts or isn't comfortable just stop right away and you'll be okay! But by 17 I think you can do most of those things besides running and lifting anything somewhat heavy (10-15+ pounds). Also watch the bending!

    6) Honestly not much else and that'll fade over time.

    Hope this helps and if you need any other info I'm here!
     
  3. Hope4Sun

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    Thanks for the feedback! Any advice on stitches popping through skin? Or a Mysterious white "puss bubble" that doesn't wipe away!?!?! Finally in less pain and now dealing with grossed out discomfort.
     
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    tyty501 Very Helpful

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    Anytime! Glad I'm able to help.
    Sorry for the delayed response was out of town.
    As long as that bubble isn't in your midline I wouldn't stress about it! I had a small one once and it eventually just went away.
    Stitches I have had problems with them popping (still waiting on the end of the wound to close because of it).
    Just watch the bending and lifting and you should be okay!
    Glad you're doing better!
     

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