4 months on from Cleft Lift

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Hey all,

I wouldn't say I'm new to this forum, however this is my first time posting. To give you a little bit of background, I had my cleft lift operation in august of 2016. Surgery and recovery went very smoothly with no problems. However, it has now been 4 months and I still have pain at the site. It's nothing horrible, it's tolerable without any medication, but I thought this surgery was supposed to take the pain away completely. The pain comes when I sit in the same position for more than about 20-30 minutes, and especially when I try do ab exercises that put pressure on that area. I can't really complain because this is far better than the alternative, but again I thought this surgery was supposed to take care of the problem for good. I am aware of the possibility of a recurrence, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this isn't that. Any advice or input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
 
#2
i Get the pain from sitting down for an extended period of time as well. As of today I am exactly three months post op from my cleft life with dr bascom and have to imagine that this would only get better over time with the break down of the scar tissue. What scares me is the fact that i might not ever be able to sit without pain. My scar swells slightly after sitting for a while. I think it is just going to take me some time to remember how to sit normally. I feel like i have altered the way i sit the last few years (leaning up, not putting as much weight on the back end. I think as i become stronger mentally that i am healed and this dumb thing is not gonna open/come back, i think the pain sitting down will go away. Best of luck!
 

RyanS

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#4
How are you doing? Still pain when you sit?
I am ten months post op and i hardly have any pain when i sit anymore. Only pain i get is if i sit on wooden chairs but i assume that is probably normal for everyone. Each month i feel my scar getting softer and softer. Also, i have returned to all sport activites. Last week i even rode a jet ski.
 

Breathe

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I am ten months post op and i hardly have any pain when i sit anymore. Only pain i get is if i sit on wooden chairs but i assume that is probably normal for everyone. Each month i feel my scar getting softer and softer. Also, i have returned to all sport activites. Last week i even rode a jet ski.
SO happy to hear that Ryan. After 4 years of dealing with an open wound, I think it's time to get the cleft lift. I just hope my wound qualifies and isn't too deep.

Wishing you all the best!
 

RyanS

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Yeah man, honestly if you have any questions or need any advice I will be happy to provide all the info you need. I spent two years with an open wound and three failed procedures before I traveled to Oregon to see Dr. Bascom. Before I made my decision I spent hours researching and talking to different doctors on the phone as well as countless visits to different wound care centers and even saw a specialist at the University of Michigan (One of the most renowned hospital sin the world) . Not sure where you are from, but I live in Michigan. My second procedure was done by a doctor who claimed he knew how to perform the cleft lift, but in reality did a completely different procedure than the one doctor Bascom performed. A good amount of information I got from people on this site who traveled to see Dr. Bascom from different states as well. I feel its only right if I helped pass on the same info and advice they gave me. Feel free to inbox me on this site and I will be glad to help you with any questions you might have (no matter how gross or funny they may be lol)
 

Breathe

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Yeah man, honestly if you have any questions or need any advice I will be happy to provide all the info you need. I spent two years with an open wound and three failed procedures before I traveled to Oregon to see Dr. Bascom. Before I made my decision I spent hours researching and talking to different doctors on the phone as well as countless visits to different wound care centers and even saw a specialist at the University of Michigan (One of the most renowned hospital sin the world) . Not sure where you are from, but I live in Michigan. My second procedure was done by a doctor who claimed he knew how to perform the cleft lift, but in reality did a completely different procedure than the one doctor Bascom performed. A good amount of information I got from people on this site who traveled to see Dr. Bascom from different states as well. I feel its only right if I helped pass on the same info and advice they gave me. Feel free to inbox me on this site and I will be glad to help you with any questions you might have (no matter how gross or funny they may be lol)
Ryan, I seriously can't thank you enough for taking the time to reply to me man. I would imagine once I'm fully healed I wouldn't want to go anywhere near this website so that it doesn't remind me of the awful journey I've been through. But the fact you're 10 months healed and still helping others out is a breath of fresh air and I can't thank you enough.

I live in California and plan on seeing Dr. Bascom in the coming months actually (2 hour flight). How long did you have to stay in Oregon post-op? I'm assuming you were in a hotel room for a few days. How was that?

This might be TMI (lol) but I'm a pretty hairy guy, especially my bum. Some people have told me to shave the area and others have told me not to because it may cause more problems. Did you have to shave after the surgery?

Another concern of mine is the fact that I sit for most of my days. 8 hours at work, 1 hour in the car, 4 hours at home with my 2nd job. From your experience, how long after the cleft lift do you think I can go back to sitting for this amount of time in a day? I can image it will be a while.

Sorry for so many questions, I'm pretty paranoid when it comes to this whole thing haha
 

RyanS

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Ryan, I seriously can't thank you enough for taking the time to reply to me man. I would imagine once I'm fully healed I wouldn't want to go anywhere near this website so that it doesn't remind me of the awful journey I've been through. But the fact you're 10 months healed and still helping others out is a breath of fresh air and I can't thank you enough.

I live in California and plan on seeing Dr. Bascom in the coming months actually (2 hour flight). How long did you have to stay in Oregon post-op? I'm assuming you were in a hotel room for a few days. How was that?

This might be TMI (lol) but I'm a pretty hairy guy, especially my bum. Some people have told me to shave the area and others have told me not to because it may cause more problems. Did you have to shave after the surgery?

Another concern of mine is the fact that I sit for most of my days. 8 hours at work, 1 hour in the car, 4 hours at home with my 2nd job. From your experience, how long after the cleft lift do you think I can go back to sitting for this amount of time in a day? I can image it will be a while.

Sorry for so many questions, I'm pretty paranoid when it comes to this whole thing haha
No worries man, I understand how much it sucks dealing with this issue and I have no problem helping other people get the right help. So I had spoke on the phone with Dr. Bascom three times probably before flying out to Oregon. In total I was there for 9 days, but I believe you only need to stay a week. Mine sucked cause I booked the flight last minute and couldnt get the flights I wanted so I had to stay 9 days instead of 7. My younger brother came with me. We stayed at a hotel right by the hospital. They give you a discount if you tell them you are having surgery at Northwestern Surgical. Meet with Dr. Bascom and did surgery prolly four hours later. I didnt have to spend the night at the hosptial but I am told some people do depending on how bad theres is. The thing with Dr. Bascom is when the wound comes close to the anus he likes to take care of them himself cause he does something special to keep it from opening up at the bottom. If you have had multiple procedures your wound prolly comes close to the anus. No worries though he told me he has done some that were 1cm from the anus. My drain was in for a total of 24 hours and after that i didnt have any bleeding. First few days i layed low in the hotel but i actually ventured out with my brother to a nearby arcade just to keep myself from going crazy in the hotel the whole time. The last day he actually recommended we take a drive on the coastline. He says he likes to do this so people feel comfortable getting on an airplane. He actually encourages sitting down as it helps push the swelling and fluid away. Not gonna lie I was in a little pain the first few days but it was expected as Dr. Bascom said during my surgery there was more scar tissue from my failed procedures than he expected. But overall he said it went great. The flight home was not very comfortable but i managed to get the flight attendant to let me stand up for a few hours.

I myself am a CPA so i spend all my workday sitting down. What helps the most and the best advice i can give you is invest in a varidesk. You can get one for like 200 bucks. This saved my lfie as it allowed me to stand up for half the day. While i dont use it as long now a days cause i am more comfortable sittign down i do still use it everyday just to get off my ass a few times during the day lol. But overall if you see Dr. Bascom i can almost guarantee he will get you healed. The only other doctor I would trust to do mine was Dr. Sternberg in San Francisco. I am sure you have come across his website online. I spoke on the phone with him as well. He said he himself trained with Dr. Bascom and he has done over 600 procedures with only 1 failing. He said the one that failed he sent to dr bascom who was able to get him healed. I originally as gonna go with Sternberg just cause i thought the person traveling with me would enjoy san fran more than oregon. But overall you cannot go wrong with either doctor. In total the trip ran me about 5000 bucks. But we stayed two extra nights and flew first class back home. Dr. Bascom has an amazing assistant who actually offers to make trips out to the hotel to help with post op care if you cannot afford to bring someone with you. But honestly you only need help for the first few days.

Any other questions feel free to ask!
 

RyanS

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Ryan, I seriously can't thank you enough for taking the time to reply to me man. I would imagine once I'm fully healed I wouldn't want to go anywhere near this website so that it doesn't remind me of the awful journey I've been through. But the fact you're 10 months healed and still helping others out is a breath of fresh air and I can't thank you enough.

I live in California and plan on seeing Dr. Bascom in the coming months actually (2 hour flight). How long did you have to stay in Oregon post-op? I'm assuming you were in a hotel room for a few days. How was that?

This might be TMI (lol) but I'm a pretty hairy guy, especially my bum. Some people have told me to shave the area and others have told me not to because it may cause more problems. Did you have to shave after the surgery?

Another concern of mine is the fact that I sit for most of my days. 8 hours at work, 1 hour in the car, 4 hours at home with my 2nd job. From your experience, how long after the cleft lift do you think I can go back to sitting for this amount of time in a day? I can image it will be a while.

Sorry for so many questions, I'm pretty paranoid when it comes to this whole thing haha
Oh and if it makes you feel better i think i have the hairest bottom in the entire state of Michigan haha. Dr. Bascom does not recommend hair removal. However, and this might be TMI but recently to make cleaning easier I have trimmed with scissors hair in that area. I do not shave though! I probably do this about once a month or once every other month but Dr Bascom says it is not necessary.
 
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Oh and if it makes you feel better i think i have the hairest bottom in the entire state of Michigan haha. Dr. Bascom does not recommend hair removal. However, and this might be TMI but recently to make cleaning easier I have trimmed with scissors hair in that area. I do not shave though! I probably do this about once a month or once every other month but Dr Bascom says it is not necessary.
Ryan! I might just message you since it’s easier and more private but I’m currently in Oregon and had my surgery with Dr. Bascom on Tuesday! All went well. I have a couple post-op appointments with him in the coming days but overall I’m feeling good. Surprised with how little pain I feel.

How long were you in Oregon after the surgery? Do you remember how many times you saw him?
 
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