Son's Cleft Lift

#21
Post-op visit was positive. Everything looks great & well-healed. No separation or infection. There is a very small area of what Dr. Wadie called "weak skin" where it hasn't healed as much as the rest, but it's completely closed and he didn't seem concerned. Hoping that pilonidal disease is something my son doesn't have to worry about anymore.
I'm so glad we went with the cleft lift.
I'll post updates on occasion.
 
#23
Everything is going very well. The incision closed up nicely and he’s pretty much back to normal. Although his incision was about 9.5 inches long, the scarring isn’t going to be nearly as bad as I thought. The line is very thin and the surgeon used all internal stitches. It’s pink now, but wil eventually fade to white and won’t be too noticeable.
 
#24
Thank you so much for posting all this. I just dealt with my second inscision and drainage and I’m planning on contacting this surgeon for a consultation tomorrow. Could I ask how quickly you were able to get an appointment with him? I am starting a new job in October and would ideally like to have this over and done with by then. I’m also in Asheville and am planning on driving to Raleigh. My GP keeps trying to talk me into wide excision and I just can’t swallow it.
 
#25
My son suffered from a mysterious rash (undiagnosed pilonidal) for years in college in Asheville. Ruined his last half of college, in fact. Now in Albany, NY (grad school) ...finally was properly diagnosed by a colorectal surgeon. In Jan 2018, this doc found an exploded 2 1/2 inch long sinus tract, unroofed itself....infected. He did not recommend antibiotics but rather, he cleaned out the nest of hairs and shaved around it and cleaned the edges a bit with no numbing agent and had him shower, rinse with saline and pack it for 2.5 months twice a day with ribbon gauze moistened with saline.(I have been doing this for him - he can't see or reach it) ..the infection cleared up really fast doing this (and that awful infection smell)...then he was able to switch to just putting Medi-Honey in it once it was shallower. Been doing this for 5 months - the last 1/4 inch next to anus is stalling on closing and my son has lost all hope and patience with this. Doc said it should take 2-8 weeks to heal but we are now on 7 1/2 months since proper diagnosis and treatment as a pilonidal. He has decided to try the cleft lift with Dr. Immerman, yet my son's morale is so beat down that he doubts anything will ever work to get him truly healed of this painful, debilitating problem. I am happy to hear any and everyone's success stories with this procedure. My son is too frightened to be on and read any of the support networks because it scares him too much. so I try to read and research and share with him the positive things I learn.
 
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#26
My son suffered from a mysterious rash (undiagnosed pilonidal) for years in college in Asheville. Ruined his last half of college, in fact. Now in Albany, NY (grad school) ...finally was properly diagnosed by a colorectal surgeon. In Jan 2018, this doc found an exploded 2 1/2 inch long sinus tract, unroofed itself....infected. He did not recommend antibiotics but rather, he cleaned out the nest of hairs and shaved around it and cleaned the edges a bit with no numbing agent and had him shower, rinse with saline and pack it for 2.5 months twice a day with ribbon gauze moistened with saline.(I have been doing this for him - he can't see or reach it) ..the infection cleared up really fast doing this (and that awful infection smell)...then he was able to switch to just putting Medi-Honey in it once it was shallower. Been doing this for 5 months - the last 1/4 inch next to anus is stalling on closing and my son has lost all hope and patience with this. Doc said it should take 2-8 weeks to heal but we are now on 7 1/2 months since proper diagnosis and treatment as a pilonidal. He has decided to try the cleft lift with Dr. Immerman, yet my son's morale is so beat down that he doubts anything will ever work to get him truly healed of this painful, debilitating problem. I am happy to here any and everyone's success stories with this procedure. My son is to frightened to be on and read any of the support networks because it scares him too much. so I try to read and research and share with him the positive things I learn.
Dr. Immerman will get your son healed! He is a miracle worker.
 
#28
Everything is going very well. The incision closed up nicely and he’s pretty much back to normal. Although his incision was about 9.5 inches long, the scarring isn’t going to be nearly as bad as I thought. The line is very thin and the surgeon used all internal stitches. It’s pink now, but wil eventually fade to white and won’t be too noticeable.
How’s healing going? I moved up my appointment with Dr Wadie because I was having some problems and decided I didn’t want to wait until October for a consult. I go in for a consult in 4 days. When I got the reminder call it reminded me I should check for any updates.
 
#29
He has decided to try the cleft lift with Dr. Immerman, yet my son's morale is so beat down that he doubts anything will ever work to get him truly healed of this painful, debilitating problem. I am happy to here any and everyone's success stories with this procedure. My son is to frightened to be on and read any of the support networks because it scares him too much. so I try to read and research and share with him the positive things I learn.
Well I am sitting in a Hotel room in Eua Claire right now. Daughter had surgery Fri. (first one)(so 31hrs ago) she is sitting in a chair next to me reading her phone. Just IBuprofen and acetaminophen so far for pain. Hopefully, he finds the time and strength to come out here. We had read so many horror stories we drove 10hrs to come out here and get this taken care of once and with quick recovery. So far so good.
 
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