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Liberty

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Hi everyone, my son has had two episodes within one month of acute infections with the attendant pain. He's got 3-4 sinuses. We are due to see a surgeon we've been referred to here in Melbourne called Michael Bickford. Has anyone had any experience with him? I'm thinking since reading the posts on this forum that I might make an appointment to also see Dr LP Cheah. Any updates on him and his work?

Many thanks in advance,

Liberty
 

Liberty

New Member
Hi all, I just wanted to post an update. My son was operated on by Mr LP Cheah in Melbourne in late March 2013 who did a Modified Karydakis Cleft Lift. All is well now and he has completely healed. I cannot speak highly enough of Mr Cheah. He is not only an expert surgeon but generous with his time ( even emailing responses late into the night) and also has a very kind and compassionate manner. I highly recommend him to anyone in need of a surgeon for this issue. If you google His name, his website will come up. Thank you for this support alliance-it has been a godsend. Cheers and the best of luck to those of you still in the process.
 

nickmono

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I just had the procedure called the Bascom (pit-picking) done by Mr LP Cheah in Melbourne. He has been great to deal with, he is efficient, answers all questions, knows what he's talking about and has a good sense of humour that will make you feel allot more comfortable and reinforce that it isn't the end of the world. For anyone in Melbourne (or interstate if you cant find a local doctor) I would highly recommend seeing him over your GP, he has performed over 100 Pilonidal procedures and was actually trained/mentored by Paul Kitchen (RIP).
 

Cookie9876

New Member
Surgeons in darwin? Been 11 years I need this thing out of me for good abd my gp has said it needs to come out now.
 

Dasha

New Member
Hi everyone,

I recently found out about the abscess, I visited GP, he referred me to Dr Ronald Peach (as far as I know he is obesity surgeon) and my appointment is just next Tuesday, I also got some antibiotics, Not sure if it helps or my problem getting worse, so for now I am trying to get as much info as possible. Does anyone know any good surgeons in Sydney who specifically operates pilonidal or it doesn't matter and it can be general surgeon? Will appreciate your help.
 

worriedmum2

New Member
Hi Dasha,
You have my sympathy, my daughter has been battling this painful condition for 8 years so I know how miserable it feels ! In this time she has had one failed surgery, performed by a general surgeon ! I would suggest that you try to find a colorectal surgeon and preferably someone with experience of the newer surgical techniques. There is a post here which recommends the following doctor.

DR M Rickard.

Address: Suite 209 - 211
Medical Centre
Concord Hospital

Phone(s): 9767 8317
87530039

Also the following doctor near Wollongong was recommended:

RE: DR. Warwick J Adams
MBBS MS FRACS Colorectal Surgeon
Fairy Meadow, NSW 2519
Phone: 02 42834065


As these posts were old details may not be current but could be a good starting point.

There is an amazing wealth of information on this website, suggest you read the sections on surgical procedures and other options. My daughter has had some success in managing flare ups with a combination of antibiotics and sitting in a warm bath with 1/2 - 1 cup epsom salts 4 times daily. Another surgery is inevitable but we are hoping to find someone who has specialised in this condition next time!

Good luck !
 

nickmono

Very Helpful
@Dasha - Do not go and see a general surgeon, I cant stress this enough. You need to see a specialist who performs Cleft Lifts and Pit-Picking.

Have a read of this thread:

http://www.pilonidal.org/xfforums/i...-healed-and-outta-here-story.7341/#post-40116

..the person wrote this:

"i emailed him for his opinion which was that i would be an ideal candidate for the cleft lift and he gave me the name of a specialist in sydney "

Try sending them a private message and asking for the doctors details.

All the best!
Nick.
 

worriedmum2

New Member
Hi Nick,

I hadn't been looking here often for a couple of years, thanks for pointing out the more recent post re a doctor in Sydney. Good to know that someone in Sydney is doing well with this surgery
 

worriedmum2

New Member
Hi Dasha,
You have my sympathy, my daughter has been battling this painful condition for 8 years so I know how miserable it feels ! In this time she has had one failed surgery, performed by a general surgeon ! I would suggest that you try to find a colorectal surgeon and preferably someone with experience of the newer surgical techniques. There is a post here which recommends the following doctor.

DR M Rickard.

Address: Suite 209 - 211
Medical Centre
Concord Hospital

Phone(s): 9767 8317
87530039

Also the following doctor near Wollongong was recommended:

RE: DR. Warwick J Adams
MBBS MS FRACS Colorectal Surgeon
Fairy Meadow, NSW 2519
Phone: 02 42834065


As these posts were old details may not be current but could be a good starting point.

There is an amazing wealth of information on this website, suggest you read the sections on surgical procedures and other options. My daughter has had some success in managing flare ups with a combination of antibiotics and sitting in a warm bath with 1/2 - 1 cup epsom salts 4 times daily. Another surgery is inevitable but we are hoping to find someone who has specialised in this condition next time!

Good luck !


a PS to my previous message ! sorry in my haste I missed an important detail; the above helped in combination with lancing of the cyst; which her GP in Brisbane did a number of times ! However having since moved she hasn't yet found another GP who is willing to do this :(

Another thing which has been very helpful in terms of reducing discomfort (when not abcessed) is applying an anti inflammatory cream. She uses voltaren (twice daily I think). Wonder if anyone else has tried this ?
 

Ezmci

New Member
hi guys, I had surgery about 15 years ago when I was just an 18 year old, with a surgeon based at Ryde Hospital (I had the surgery at the San). I am struggling to remember my surgeons name (it will come to me!) but the wound healed beautifully and for 15 years no issues (until now, see below). I had an extremely large cleft, one of the biggest the surgeon had done at that time. I really wish I could remember the exact sort of surgery it was, but I do remember it involved open wound healing, with a 'mould' packing instead of dressing. Every week for at least 3-4 months (yep it was that deep!) I would go in and have the wound dressing 'poured' in the wound as a liquid and it would solidify and form into all the nooks and crannies. The wound healed from the bottom up and very well. This meant I had to remove the packing each night, afternoon and morning and soak it in an antiseptic solution and have salt water baths. A lot to deal with for a young kid in first year university!Idid have to have a follow up surgery a few months later just to 'reopen' the outside as it started closing over before the inside healed upways.

I know it's hard from my description but does anyone recognise the above surgery?

I may need to see a specialist again. Fingers crossed but I am feeling a bit tender in the scar tissue area and potentially some liquid (no pus). I do sit around a lot being an office worker. Maybe just being paranoid but best to get it checked out.
 

andy_p

New Member
Hi all,

I've recently had my 4th surgical procedure on recurring pilonidal sinus disease. Unfortunately, after only 8 weeks, a pit has reformed below the scar tissue. This is after cleft lifts, full excisions, etc. My surgeon is perplexed and unsure how to proceed at this point, given the amount of tissue removed 8 weeks ago, and the speed at which the disease has recurred.
 

Peony84

New Member
Just wanted to update those who are interested in my progress since surgery 3 years ago with Dr LP Cheah. I have been completely sinus free since March 2012 so success so far!
 

Peony84

New Member
I had the modified karidakis procedure done. Definitely recommend anyone needing to have surgery to have it taken off the midline. I've had two midline surgeries prior and they've all failed.
 
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