Surgery scheduled

#1
I finally have my surgery scheduled. Decided on Dr Brand in Chicago. He will be performing the cleft lift procedure. I will be traveling about 8 hours to have this done so will have to stay in a hotel for a bit and make frequent returns. I'm now a little nervous because I sent him pictures of my backside and it was worse than he originally thought. I have pits very close to my anus, so they are making me do a miralax prep before the surgery and then a liquid diet for 5 days after the surgery so I lower the risk of getting the incision infected. He also said since its more difficult than he originally thought it may require a 2nd surgery at a later date. I just want this thing to go away
 
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I've seen Dr. Brand's name posted on here a few times so you'll def. be in good hands. When's your surgery scheduled for? Sending you some good thoughts and prayers for a speedy and easy recovery!
 
#3
I've seen Dr. Brand's name posted on here a few times so you'll def. be in good hands. When's your surgery scheduled for? Sending you some good thoughts and prayers for a speedy and easy recovery!
Thanks! Consultation on the 28th surgery on the 29th. I'll let the forum know of my progress. I chose dr brand because I've how many people on here have spoke of him and all had great things to say. Hopefully it goes smooth.
 
#4
That's awesome. Even if it's two possible surgeries, you'll finally be able to put horrible disease behind you. Nothing is better than not having to deal with flareups and the what ifs.
 
#5
That's awesome. Even if it's two possible surgeries, you'll finally be able to put horrible disease behind you. Nothing is better than not having to deal with flareups and the what ifs.
Exactly, the last two months it has been draining almost everyday, and the pain is pretty frequent. Haven't really been able to make plans to do anything fun because its very uncomfortable even sitting normally right now. I will be glad when its finally healed up
 
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Hey there tcfersure! I have been off this forum for over a year now, but I haven't forgotten about it. I happened to see you are going with Dr. Brand and I'm wishing you luck. Also wanted to let you know I did a day-by-day of my story and recovery from cleft lift with Dr. Brand for a few weeks and it's there if you want to check it out, or if you have any questions, feel free to ask! Just felt the urge to post in case you were having any concerns or second thoughts because I know I did. Good luck!

http://www.pilonidal.org/xfforums/index.php?threads/cleft-lift-recovery-log.11130/
 
#7
Hey there tcfersure! I have been off this forum for over a year now, but I haven't forgotten about it. I happened to see you are going with Dr. Brand and I'm wishing you luck. Also wanted to let you know I did a day-by-day of my story and recovery from cleft lift with Dr. Brand for a few weeks and it's there if you want to check it out, or if you have any questions, feel free to ask! Just felt the urge to post in case you were having any concerns or second thoughts because I know I did. Good luck!

http://www.pilonidal.org/xfforums/index.php?threads/cleft-lift-recovery-log.11130/
I saw your story and quite a few others who recommended Dr. Brand and thats how I made my choice. It seems like he takes more precautions than most of the surgeons, which I'm glad to see. I don't want to risk anything that may effect the healing process. That being said now I'm starting to get a little nervous. Surgery is 3 days away. Had a dream last night that they starting hacking away at my backside before I was totally out. Not a very pleasant dream. Anyways, I will try to post after surgery and keep everyone informed on how the healing process is going.
 

tyty501

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#8
Best of luck!
I'm currently recovering from a cleft lift myself, and I will tell you compared to the other surgeries I've had its a breeze.
I have unfortunately had some infection issues which has slowed my healing, but I do look to get there soon.
So just try to enjoy your last 2/3 days by going out and having a good time before you'll be on bed rest for a bit.
Thoughts and prayers to you.
 
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I saw your story and quite a few others who recommended Dr. Brand and thats how I made my choice. It seems like he takes more precautions than most of the surgeons, which I'm glad to see. I don't want to risk anything that may effect the healing process. That being said now I'm starting to get a little nervous. Surgery is 3 days away. Had a dream last night that they starting hacking away at my backside before I was totally out. Not a very pleasant dream. Anyways, I will try to post after surgery and keep everyone informed on how the healing process is going.
Just try and relax. It's natural to get nervous, I went from being excited to nervous right before surgery. I had a lot of worries, but they all ended up being for nothing. Recovery was great, Dr. Brand is an excellent surgeon.
 
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Just try and relax. It's natural to get nervous, I went from being excited to nervous right before surgery. I had a lot of worries, but they all ended up being for nothing. Recovery was great, Dr. Brand is an excellent surgeon.
Had the consultation today. It went well, came away very impressed with Dr. Brand. He was very informative and helpful. He said it will be one of the more difficult ones because of how close it is to the anus. Surgery is scheduled for 1 pm tomorrow. Right now I'm on my colon cleanse. Oh what fun.
 
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Tcfersure, sending you some good thoughts and prayers for your surgery tomorrow! Good luck, I hope it'll be done with one surgery. With the colon cleanse, at least you won't be backed up after surgery. =) Drink lots of liquids, get a stool softener and lots of fruit/protein after surgery.
 
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Tcfersure, sending you some good thoughts and prayers for your surgery tomorrow! Good luck, I hope it'll be done with one surgery. With the colon cleanse, at least you won't be backed up after surgery. =) Drink lots of liquids, get a stool softener and lots of fruit/protein after surgery.
Thanks! I did the colon cleanse and will be placed on a full liquid diet for 5 days. He doesn't want me going #2 for at least 5 days since the incision will be so close to the anus. Trying to keep the incision as free of bacteria as possible. Surgery is in 3 hours. Starting to get a little nervous
 
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Thanks! I did the colon cleanse and will be placed on a full liquid diet for 5 days. He doesn't want me going #2 for at least 5 days since the incision will be so close to the anus. Trying to keep the incision as free of bacteria as possible. Surgery is in 3 hours. Starting to get a little nervous
You're going to do just fine. He has done over 200/250 of these, I'm sure he's seen it all. As they said above, make sure you get a still softener. And get a lot of rest after surgery. I know it will seem like recovery takes forever, but it goes quicker than you think. Have you purchased a cushion yet for when you start to practice sitting again?
 
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You're going to do just fine. He has done over 200/250 of these, I'm sure he's seen it all. As they said above, make sure you get a still softener. And get a lot of rest after surgery. I know it will seem like recovery takes forever, but it goes quicker than you think. Have you purchased a cushion yet for when you start to practice sitting again?
Yea. He said he has done around 300 of them now. And yes I have a cushion from the first time I had surgery
 
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Great, you should be good to go then. Best of luck and let us know how it goes.
Just got back to my hotel from the surgery. Surgery took about 2 1/2 hours I think. Feeling alright as of now. Very nervous to move too much. He ended up putting two drains. Nervous I'll roll over on the two suction bulb thinkers.
 
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Just got back to my hotel from the surgery. Surgery took about 2 1/2 hours I think. Feeling alright as of now. Very nervous to move too much. He ended up putting two drains. Nervous I'll roll over on the two suction bulb thinkers.
2 drains isn't necessarily a bad thing. It will drain, that's a good thing, just means your body's doing it's thing. Just take it easy, try not to move around too much. And if you're recovering by laying in bed like I was, be very careful getting in and out of the bed, especially with the drains. I found a way to "slither" out of bed without bending too much or moving the drains, and then I would just pull myself onto the bed using my upper body. Just find a comfortable position to sleep in and don't worry about the drains. He does a good job of getting you wrapped up pretty tight so that those things stay in place. Just think, the worst part is over! It's all uphill from here.
 
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2 drains isn't necessarily a bad thing. It will drain, that's a good thing, just means your body's doing it's thing. Just take it easy, try not to move around too much. And if you're recovering by laying in bed like I was, be very careful getting in and out of the bed, especially with the drains. I found a way to "slither" out of bed without bending too much or moving the drains, and then I would just pull myself onto the bed using my upper body. Just find a comfortable position to sleep in and don't worry about the drains. He does a good job of getting you wrapped up pretty tight so that those things stay in place. Just think, the worst part is over! It's all uphill from here.
They are starting to drain less and less each day which is probably a good thing. My stomach however feels terrible. I don't know if it's the combination of being on a full liquid diet or all the pills they have me on. 2 different antibiotics. 2 different anti pooping pills. And a painkiller. I am worried I may have to go #2 soon. Not sure how well that's going to go. Also did you have to keep using the Ace wrap around you after the first follow up?
 
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They are starting to drain less and less each day which is probably a good thing. My stomach however feels terrible. I don't know if it's the combination of being on a full liquid diet or all the pills they have me on. 2 different antibiotics. 2 different anti pooping pills. And a painkiller. I am worried I may have to go #2 soon. Not sure how well that's going to go. Also did you have to keep using the Ace wrap around you after the first follow up?
Good to hear they're draining less. Hopefully you'll be able to get them out then at your first follow-up appointment. The pills can definitely mess with your stomach, that's probably what it is. If you have to go to the bathroom, try not to force it, don't push too hard, just let it happen. And when you go to your first follow-up, they will unwrap you and teach you or the person with you how to wrap it back up. You will have to keep wrapping it daily, until your next follow-up appointment. Even though the wrapping sucks, it helps the healing process. Dr. Brand is one of the few doctors I have heard of that uses that technique.
 
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Just thought I'd give up update. I had my drains removed on Tuesday. It's nice having those removed. The 7 1/2 hour car ride back to Omaha was pretty miserable. Not going to lie. It's also good not being on a liquid diet anymore. I had my first bowel movement yesterday. That also was not a pleasant experience. Between my butt cheeks being basically taped together and the incision being less than and inch away from my anus made things difficult.

Overall I'm not in a huge amount of pain. I would say it's a mild discomfort unless i put pressure on the area then it can become more painful. Sitting normally isn't really an option yet. Hope to gain more ground on that in the coming days.