Surgery March 12th, 2015: Almost 4 weeks post op

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  1. Mary elizabeth

    Mary elizabeth New Member

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    hi guys! My name is Mary, I'm Female, 20, and overall pretty healthy. My pilonidal Cystectomy was my first and only surgery so I had no idea what the healing process would be like. My surgery was an outpatient procedure at my local hospital. The surgery took about an hour and my surgeon actually found multiple pilonidal cysts when he went in to remove the one we found. This explained my MONTHLY flare ups. Ive had these cysts since 2008-2009 and only in the last year they became so frequent and painful. I was diagnosed with these April 2014 and had no been available to have the surgery until March 12th this year due to such a busy schedule and lots of out of state trips etc. My symptoms when I had flare ups were lots of swelling and redness of the tailbone area, it would fill with a clear/diluted blood fluid and then eventually open up and drain. Like most, it had that awful foul odor and would continue to drain for up to 24 hours at a time. My most recent visit to the ER was due to my cyst filling with fluid but not draining at all, so I went to my local ER in February and they lanced my cyst and packed it with gauze strips. This is where I was finally referred to a surgeon and told I needed removal before my next flare up. ANYWAYS (sorry for the back story! this is my first post).
    Surgery was March 12th, 2015. Like I said, my surgeon found multiple cysts so my incision was much longer, and much deeper than we originally planned. My surgeon also glued the incision shut, and applied a steri strip ontop of the glue and covered with gauze for the first 48 hours after surgery. About 2 weeks after surgery my steri strip finally fell off and I was able to get my incision wet in the shower. BUT the glue began to deteriorate and my incision opened up and began to drain. I wasn't expecting it to open, but unfortunately in some cases it does ( i have not found one yet on this site, so if this has happened to you i would love to hear how long it took you to heal! ). My doctor then told us to begin wicking (wet to dry method with saline and gauze over the wound to prevent any infection as well as draw out any bacteria in the incision onto the gauze). My healing process has been VERY slow. I'll officially be 4 weeks post op tomorrow April 9th and I have not healed much at all. I went to a wound clinic today for a check up and they measured my incision. Its 7 cm in length, from tailbone to anus. Its about 4 cm in width and 2 cm deep. The tissue is healthy but Im healing at such a slow rate that my doctor wants me to up my protein intake to help the healing as well as take a multi vitamin every day. At this rate I wont be able to return to work until June if my healing doesn't progress. I am feeling discouraged because I'm still on bedrest as much as possible and we have to now pack my incision with gauze. this causes lots more drainage and blood but it will also help it to heal correctly. Words of encouragement would be greatly appreciated and any advice to help me out would be fantastic! Im grateful to have found this community! (I do have pictures of my incision but am unsure of how to attach them to this post. any idea on how to do this?)
     
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    I was just wondering does the surgery hurt. Because I had mine about 3 to four years in get flare ups every so often. And im thinking about sugery.
     
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    Hi mary! How's recovery coming along? I'm going through the same thing! I had surgery on May 8th. My incsision came open as well. The top healed fine but the end half will not close for anything. My last app the surgeon used silver nitrate and gave me Silvercel to put in it. The only difference I've noticed is its cleaner. Ha. Still not sitting for long at all due to pain. I have another appt tomorrow. Hopefully we can do something about this not ealing open wound!
    Hope you are healed! Update us! :)
     
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    Hi guys! thanks for the comments on my post! Im currently 13 weeks post op and STILL not healed all the way. unfortunately this is not the case for everyone, most people heal up quickly and are on their way! For my surgery, I was put under anesthetics and asleep, so I was not awake for it. I did get to go home the same day, just a few hours after surgery and trying to wake up from the anesthetics. I did experience some normal pains post surgery but I was given Norco for pain and it helped a lot. I slept ALOT for the first two weeks post op and got to lay around etc. so surgery did hurt only afterwards (Obviously). Dont be afraid of surgery just because of my complications, or because of pain because it is well worth it once your cysts are gone!!!!! Like I said, Im currently 13 weeks post op and the top half of my wound has closed over. Ive been on a wound vac for the past 5 weeks and that is what REALLY helped the top half of my wound heal. The only complication I am dealing with now is I have a depth of 1.9 cm towards the middle of my wound, and its only about the size of a nickel (maybe). the depth originally was a 1.4 but my doctors took me off the vac because i was not healing anymore. so i got a very nice week long break from it, and went back this past monday and we discovered because there was no further healing, the depth increased to a 1.9. so back on the vac i am! I am just waiting for my body to do its thing and heal the right way, because once im cleared to exercise (when it closes up finally) i will be the happiest person in the world!!! I returned to work 8 weeks post op, i no longer had pain at that point and could move around and do things for myself. so from 8 weeks on i have been an independent person with a wound vac. best of luck to anyone else who is experiencing problems! If my depth doesnt correct itself and the wound tries to close over the top of the depth i will be returning to surgery to be cut back open in a different way so that the depth corrects itself. fingers crossed that doesnt have to happen!!!!
     
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    Hi Mary,
    I'm sorry to hear you are having such a hard time healing. I thought mine was taking long, but nothing compared to you. I hope you get good news when you go back.
    I had my surgery May 26th and am still healing as well. They started wet to dry packs the very next day on mine twice a day for 4 weeks and thought it was very painful and now I am on my 3rd week of dry packing to help avoid the skin from healing together (butt cheeks). Today, with a magnifying mirror I noticed that the top of the wound is healed but there is a very small opening underneath (like a tunnel) where its not yet healed and there is hair going into opening. I'm a little freaked out because I don't want it to get infected by the would closing with hair in it. I called the E.R. since the nurses all know me from packing the wound and they said to just have someone get the hair out and cut it. So I did just that but still worried that the doctor is gonna have to cut it open again. I see him Wednesday.
     

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