Surgery scheduled

#21
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.
Having the drains out is definitely a relief, you finally feel like you have a little more freedom lol. And I was on the toilet for close to 3 hours off and on during my first bowel movement, so I feel your pain.

Just take your time with the sitting. Make sure you're using the cushion, too. I did a lot of laying on my side just to switch it up, so that I wasn't stuck on my stomach all the time. It gets better!
 
#22
Having the drains out is definitely a relief, you finally feel like you have a little more freedom lol. And I was on the toilet for close to 3 hours off and on during my first bowel movement, so I feel your pain.

Just take your time with the sitting. Make sure you're using the cushion, too. I did a lot of laying on my side just to switch it up, so that I wasn't stuck on my stomach all the time. It gets better!
I'm hoping to starts feeling a bit better soon. During your bandage changings. Was there usually a bit of blood and some gooey gunk on it?
 
#24
Another update. Tomorrow I will be 2 weeks out from surgery. I've been doing pretty well for the most part. Monday night I had some pretty intense pain, not sure what caused it but it was pretty brutal for a couple hours. Other than that its just been mild discomfort. There is still quite a bit of drainage on the gauze when I do the daily bandage changes. I go in for my next post op visit next Thursday. I'm starting to wonder whats going to happen when I go through TSA at the airport with bandages and tape all over my backside.
 
#25
Another update. Tomorrow I will be 2 weeks out from surgery. I've been doing pretty well for the most part. Monday night I had some pretty intense pain, not sure what caused it but it was pretty brutal for a couple hours. Other than that its just been mild discomfort. There is still quite a bit of drainage on the gauze when I do the daily bandage changes. I go in for my next post op visit next Thursday. I'm starting to wonder whats going to happen when I go through TSA at the airport with bandages and tape all over my backside.
Some people said they experienced some sharp pains a couple days after surgery as well. It could just be nerves back there that are shooting off signals, or just finally catching up to your body and realizing your backside has been cut open after some of the medicine has worn off. If that was your only day of severe pain, I think it would all be uphill from there. And I would imagine if you bring some paperwork with you on the surgery, they would let you through security with all the bandages on.
 
#26
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
I am seeing him next Tuesday for a second opinion on a surgery my current doctor is recommending. I live in the area so I am very fortunate to not have to travel far. I'm glad your experience wasn't too horrible. I've been fairly upset and nervous about needing surgery period. Is the scarring bad? I'm a 23 year old woman and I would like to know, especially with summer coming soon.
 
#27
I am seeing him next Tuesday for a second opinion on a surgery my current doctor is recommending. I live in the area so I am very fortunate to not have to travel far. I'm glad your experience wasn't too horrible. I've been fairly upset and nervous about needing surgery period. Is the scarring bad? I'm a 23 year old woman and I would like to know, especially with summer coming soon.
Cheeky, feel free to check my recovery log I did for several weeks flowing surgery with Dr. Brand, the link should be in my signature below. It has been almost a year and a half now and things are great. Dr. Brand is an excellent surgeon.
 
#28
Cheeky, feel free to check my recovery log I did for several weeks flowing surgery with Dr. Brand, the link should be in my signature below. It has been almost a year and a half now and things are great. Dr. Brand is an excellent surgeon.
Thank you this is really calming my nerves a bit. I was looking at horrible stories online about the surgeries. The doctor I am seeing right now wanted to do an excision primarily closed. I'm really glad I went and did some more digging today so I can make a more educated decision on the procedure that will be the best for me.
One major concern I have is exercise. I run a lot and it's my normal routine. Would you say that it takes the full 6 weeks to feel comfortable doing any exercise again?
 
#29
Thank you this is really calming my nerves a bit. I was looking at horrible stories online about the surgeries. The doctor I am seeing right now wanted to do an excision primarily closed. I'm really glad I went and did some more digging today so I can make a more educated decision on the procedure that will be the best for me.
One major concern I have is exercise. I run a lot and it's my normal routine. Would you say that it takes the full 6 weeks to feel comfortable doing any exercise again?
I am the same way as you, I started out by reading those horrible stories and then I finally found cleft lift, and settled on Dr. Brand. Each person has their own preference, but I would stay away from any type of "excision." Cleft lift really is the best thing out there. Dr. Brand is very knowledgeable as well, and he does a very good job of explaining the way things work and why this surgery is best during your consultation with him. I work a very physical job which also involves sitting for 10+ hours a day and I still haven't had anything more than minor issues.

As far as exercising goes, I think that's again one of those personal decisions, you'll know when you feel comfortable again. I would say give it more than 6 weeks just to be on the safe side. Even when everything is healed up on the outside, it's still healing up on the inside. But you shouldn't have any problem getting back into running after a couple months. I used the surgery as an excuse to pig out for a little bit :) and gave myself several months before I was back in the gym. I didn't want to risk it.
 
#30
I am the same way as you, I started out by reading those horrible stories and then I finally found cleft lift, and settled on Dr. Brand. Each person has their own preference, but I would stay away from any type of "excision." Cleft lift really is the best thing out there. Dr. Brand is very knowledgeable as well, and he does a very good job of explaining the way things work and why this surgery is best during your consultation with him. I work a very physical job which also involves sitting for 10+ hours a day and I still haven't had anything more than minor issues.

As far as exercising goes, I think that's again one of those personal decisions, you'll know when you feel comfortable again. I would say give it more than 6 weeks just to be on the safe side. Even when everything is healed up on the outside, it's still healing up on the inside. But you shouldn't have any problem getting back into running after a couple months. I used the surgery as an excuse to pig out for a little bit :) and gave myself several months before I was back in the gym. I didn't want to risk it.
Thank you so much! With the exercising I'll probably at least walk when I feel comfortable, also it'll be spring by that point so some fresh air would be great. I'm a very antsy person so sitting around isn't really my thing lol.

On the bright side, my boyfriend bought me an old game cube and playstation with games for Valentine's day. At least I'll preoccupied playing video games :)
 
#31
Cheeky, I would definitely at least hear what Dr. Brand has to say. I think he is very knowledgable when it comes to this disease. I originally had surgery excision with open wound healing back in 2007, ended up having two surgeries in one day on it. So far I would definitely say the cleft lift is the way to go. I had to pack my wound 3 times a day for almost 6 months with the open healing which was pretty awful. I honestly thought I'd be a little more healed by now, but I guess my wound was pretty bad and said I might need two surgeries to fix it. I just flew back to Chicago last Thursday(just shy of 3 weeks after surgery) for a post op. He said the top of the incision is healing very nicely but is a little concerned with the bottom part of the incision as its starting to split open. Told me he has most people come back in another 2-3 weeks for the last follow up, but wants me to come back in 4-5 weeks to give it a little more time. I'm still not suppose to bend or squat a lot, but like I said I think mine was a bit more drastic than most.

I feel your pain about not being able to work out. I usually work out 5 times a week and love to run. Any time it has been remotely nice here I have tried to get out and walk a bit to get some fresh air and stretch my legs. Sitting is starting to get back to normal. The first week I didn't even bother trying as it was pretty uncomfortable. I think a lot of that has to do with your butt cheeks basically being taped together though. I could upload some pics of my backside if you are curious about the incision or scar but they are pretty brutal looking and don't want that to dissuade you from getting this surgery.
 
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