recovery

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    Please advice! Cleft lift in 4 days! I'm scared

    Hi everyone, Going for the cleft lift procedure in 4 days. I'm really hoping this the end. I'm really scared the incision is just going to open up again and I'm going to deal with yes another year of unhealing wounds! ANY advice on what to do after surgery to ensure a good recovery and no...
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    HELP!! Should I take the wick out?

    Hi everyone! I got my cyst lanced on Saturday. This is my second cyst. The first time I had my cyst lanced, it was lightly packed with gauze. This time, they put a strip in it to act as a "wick" to drain the fluid. I've gotten it changed twice now but i don't want to have to keep going to the...
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    Follow up to last video that helped lots of you!

    Hello everyone, Melexdra here - I remember posting my previous video on here to reach you lovely people, my target audience. I have a new video about recovering from my pilonidal cyst (almost 2 and a half years later since the first video!) tune in to hear my experience, and see my new hair. ;)...
  4. Breathe

    Cleft Lift by Dr. Bascom Recovery Log - FINALLY!

    Day 0 1/8/19 12:30pm Hello all, A little backstory...I’ve been dealing with pilonidal disease since I was 16 years old back in 2012. I had 2 surgeries done (both closed excision) and a wound vac put in place back then. After the wound vac I was basically all good. I was left with a tiny hole...
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    Questions about post-op recovery

    Hi there, December 2nd marks my first year after getting my abscess drained - hold the party poppers. I've come across the term 'pilonidal paranoia' where patients have their abscess drained, and in constant fear of if it will flare up again, and that any sort of discomfort may indicate the...
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    A bit of comic relief from the pain....

    Hello everyone, I have been fortunate enough to be blessed with a pilonidal cyst which only occasionally wants to appear and stab be in the back. I was also blessed with a strange coping mechanism in which I can laugh at something that brought me quite possibly the worst pain of my life...
  7. M

    Going to gym after pilonidal cyst surgery?

    Hey, I had a closed incision cysectomy a few weeks ago, in early July. I plan on avoiding the gym until I fully recover especially since classes start soon. I'm wondering if waiting until early September is enough time. I plan on avoiding lower body exercises and will only do arms, shoulders...
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    Cleft Lift with Dr. Brand Recovery Log (6/16/18)

    Day 6 I had my cleft lift done by Dr. Brand this past Monday (July 16th), and I really wanted to write a recovery log so I could let you all know how I’m recovering and answer any questions you may have about cleft lifts and recovery! I had my first follow up with Dr. Brand on Friday (July...
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    Muscle spasms after surgery, HELP

    I’m an 18 y/o male who’s in his sixth day after getting an open-wound pilonidal cyst surgery. I need urgent help. I’ve been getting these sudden spasms in my injury (tailbone area) since my gauze was packed for the first time. Today, those spasms are the worst because whenever I’m relaxed and...
  10. O

    Cleft Lift Surgery Experience

    Hello all, I wanted to post a thread about my experience with the cleft lift pilonidal surgery. I have come to this website for answers about my problems for a couple months now and it has helped more than any other website or doctor. Now that I am about to have surgery, I'd like to document my...
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    First Time Lancing

    Hi y'all! I'll give some background - if you're not interested, I'll list questions at the end. PLEASE help me out with them. I'm a 20 year old female. I first experienced discomfort in my tailbone area in November 2015 and believed it to be just a bruised tailbone. I felt a tiny bump at one...
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    Bowel Movement after Cleft Closure surgery

    So I had a cleft closure surgery (similar to a cleft lift), about 10 hours ago and I was wondering how were the bowel movements? I’m taking probiotics and fiber supplements like Metamucil so hopefully the stool will be as smooth as silk. My concern is will sitting on the toilet rip the stitches...
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    Opinions? What to purchase before cleft lift surgery for comfort & prepared post op?

    Hello all! So after going to urgent care and having a pretty painful and infected reoccuring pilonidal cyst lanced, I was referred to a general surgeon since I last posted on this forum the beginning of December. I have to get a closed excision cleft lift surgery on the 2nd of January and was...
  14. K

    Just need some advice

    Hi im going to be going into a cleft lift surgery for my pilonidal cyst in about a week. I also plan on joining the military in june. I just wanted to ask how soon I will be able to start training for basic training again, and if I will be able to do sit ups regularly again after recovering.
  15. sanichka

    Modified Karydakis Surgery/Recovery Log

    Hi guys. I'm a Canadian expat in Berlin and after having had a failed emergency open excision surgery here earlier this year I'm about to have my second surgery next thursday and thought I would keep a recovery log here as I have found them very helpful and informative. My surgeon seem...
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    First Time Open Excision- Any Tips Appreciated

    Hi all, 20 y/o female here. Just a little information on my journey: April of 2015- 5 pits were found and sinus tract was removed and closed with stitches. Healing went smoothly with only one stitch popped and minor bleeding but otherwise I was good to go after about 3 weeks and I was en...
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    Open Excision Surgery Updates

    Hello! I'm 20yo from the UK and had my open excision surgery yesterday. I wanted to write a post with daily updates to really inform people what it's like. I think there are a lot of horror stories on here but I'm hoping mine will be a positive one! I came out of surgery lying on my back at...
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    19F post recovery 7Months

    Disclaimer, I apologize in advance how long this post will be. I'm including all details in genuine desperation for any advice whatsoever. Hello, My name is Autumn and September 2016 I formed a pilonidal cyst. The night I first started getting pain I had gone out drinking and thought that I...
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    Post Recovery Concerns

    Sorry I'm new to this so pardon me if this Is the wrong section. I had surgery done to remove the cyst about a year and a half ago. I believe they removed the portion of the skin causing the problem. I'm sorry but I don't know the details too well. Since then, I've had this large... Well the...
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