Surgery next week and freaking out!

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  1. jdf13

    jdf13 New Member

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    I am a 17 year old female and I have been diagnosed with a pilonidal sinus. The doctor said she doesn't see a cyst but just a sinus. I have a surgery scheduled next Friday and I'm freaking out about it. She said she is going to just filet it open and do something called marsupialization. I'm terrified honestly because I hate this stuff. Anything with blood and needles and surgery. When I was at the doctor a few weeks ago I almost passed out just from her talking about it. I got all lightheaded and sweaty. I don't know how I'm supposed to survive a surgery. I'm so freaked out about being put to sleep and the iv in my arm I don't know what I'm going to do. And then I'm worried about the pain after. I live in Atlanta so I am having one of the best colon and rectal surgeons perform this surgery which they have done many times. I just need some reassurance. How was your experience with the surgery and and aftercare? She said I should only have a week recovery unless she finds a cyst or something which could be longer. Any advice? What was your experience like?
     
  2. Jeffrey Jones

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    I probably won't have surgery until this coming summer, which means it's antibiotics and/or drainage for now. However, the way my doctor described the process I'd go through for surgery, it didn't sound TOO bad. Basically, it's a portion back there that will be removed and then stitched up, with the stitches removed around 5 days later. There's a change that being rough or sitting could cause the wound to open up again, so he said that it's best to just do as little sitting as possible and generally take it easy. If you ARE going through a similar process, be relieved in knowing that you don't need packing or anything like that; I was relieved to hear that! It's much easier to deal with a closed wound than having to put gauze into an open wound.

    This is actually my first time doing such a medical procedure (as the last time I was a hospital patient was when I was born), and it's also my first time on prescribed antibiotics (which you should be given). Overall, I'm a bit nervous, but know that things likely won't be bad if done correctly. I'm assuming that, once the surgery is over, the somewhat lengthy healing process will go fine and leave me all better again. I'm getting p*ssed off at the fact that I currently can't sit comfortably in a chair.

    Good luck with everything.
     
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    you'll probably be knocked out during the surgery, I was talking about something and making the surgery helpers laugh then conk I was out, woke up in recovery with no pain, I think I was given the long lasting anesthetic because I didn't feel much pain at all really...I took the pain pills for a couple days but they kept conking me out on the couch so I switched to Tylenol after that....honestly my hips hurt more from laying on my sides to stay off the wound than actually from my wound, my wound only seemed to hurt mostly when I moved wrong.....

    I remember being nervous about surgery too, I lost some sleep over it especially as the date got closer but really it was so easy that I shouldn't have worried about it one bit...
     
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    Did you get the marsupialization done? How are you healing up? My doctor told me today that he also recommended this procedure since my case is minor.
     
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    So this is my second day of recovery and honestly it's pretty hard. I can't sit or lay down. My sides and my hips hurt from being on them all the time. I didn't end up having the marsupialization because they found another sinus which I didn't know I had. She also told me my case was minor but I have to lay low for a week and I can't drive. By 3 weeks they said I should be walking normal. They also told me taking a bowel is going to be hard so I need to add some stool softener to my liquids. I have yet to have a bowel movement so I can't say anything about it yet! It's not an easy recovery but I have dissolvable stitches and hopefully everything goes smoothly from here!
     
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    Yeah I'm in the process of recovering right now and my hips and sides hurt bad from laying on them all the time. How long did it take before you could sit and lean back again?
     
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    In my experience the first 2 days after the surgery were the worse (I spent them at the hospital). But after that pain reduced a lot and I was able to lay on my back without pain. I had my surgery on Monday and right now I'm writing this while sitting on a chair. Be patient! the worse is about to be over. Don't be shy about pain killers if you need them.
     
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    That's good to know! I'm so sick of being on my side. I've been taking pain killers every 4 hours. Only day 2 and so over this already!
     
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    How's it going, jdf13? Healing up okay?
     
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    Doing better than before. I've been able to stretch out the pain meds from each other. I'm walking a little better and I can sit in a chair on my tailbone cushion longer than before. I have noticed that it starts hurting more at night. I think overall each day gets a little better.
     
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    Aside from pain, trouble sitting and walking, is there anything else that sucks about it? Is it hard to keep the wound clean and replacing the dressings by yourself? I'll be home for 10 days after my surgery, so I'm trying to get an idea of how long until the wound starts closing up.

    Hang in there, and please keep us posted!
     
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    Honestly I would have somebody with you at all times. Like I can't get up to get the things I need. Also the first few days it's difficult to shower and get dressed by yourself. I still can't bend down and have trouble lifting my legs and putting pants on. They completely stiched up my wound with dissolvable stitches. I had a bandage on it and then after the first 2 days I was told to take it off. I just have to make sure I keep it dry.
     
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    @jdf13 so they close your wound in the end? Well if that is the case, it is supposed to heal faster
     
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    They closed mine up with dissolvable sitches.
     

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