Cleft Lift 1/24/19 Dr. Immerman - Recovery Log

KatieMarie

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Hi everyone!

I just had my cleft lift done yesterday and thought I would post a log and give some updates!

Yesterday started with an appointment at Dr. Immerman’s office at 10:30 where he looked at the wound and answered all of my questions. He’s extremely nice and laid back and encouraged me that everything would be fine.

I then showed up to the hospital (OakLeaf surgical Hospital) around 11:00. and was prepped for surgery which was at 1:00. The surgery was about an hour and a half. When I woke up, I had severe nausea. I’ve never had general anesthesia before so that was new for my body. They gave me a couple of IV medications for the nausea but they didn’t help and I eventually needed a patch behind my ear for it. It also took me about 3 hours to fully wake up so they did suggest admitting me overnight but I ended up feeling better and was able to go back to the hotel. The car ride sent me into another bad episode of nausea but once I laid down and tried some crackers and water, I started feeling better and haven’t had any nausea since.

I’m currently staying at staybridge suites and plan to stay for a week until the drain is removed. My fiancé and dad are both with me for the week and we have a two bedroom suite. This hotel is seriously amazing! It has a big walk-shower and a full kitchen, which helps a lot so we can cook our meals instead of eating out and spending a ton of money. It also has two bathrooms.

I have had ZERO pain. Dr. Immerman injects a long acting numbing medication into the incision so it’s very numb and I’ve only been taking Tylenol and Motrin. I was also able to sit in a chair and eat breakfast this morning without any discomfort.

So far I’m very happy with things and will keep everyone posted! I get to take the gauze off this afternoon and shower, so I’m a little nervous to see what it looks like. He told me he thought my incision would be a little longer than some. I’m also nervous for my first bowel movement, but have been taking colace for the last four days so I’m hoping it’s okay.

I’ll keep you all updated on the recovery process but overall I’m very comfortable compared to my last surgery.
 

Vienna

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Hi everyone!

I just had my cleft lift done yesterday and thought I would post a log and give some updates!

Yesterday started with an appointment at Dr. Immerman’s office at 10:30 where he looked at the wound and answered all of my questions. He’s extremely nice and laid back and encouraged me that everything would be fine.

I then showed up to the hospital (OakLeaf surgical Hospital) around 11:00. and was prepped for surgery which was at 1:00. The surgery was about an hour and a half. When I woke up, I had severe nausea. I’ve never had general anesthesia before so that was new for my body. They gave me a couple of IV medications for the nausea but they didn’t help and I eventually needed a patch behind my ear for it. It also took me about 3 hours to fully wake up so they did suggest admitting me overnight but I ended up feeling better and was able to go back to the hotel. The car ride sent me into another bad episode of nausea but once I laid down and tried some crackers and water, I started feeling better and haven’t had any nausea since.

I’m currently staying at staybridge suites and plan to stay for a week until the drain is removed. My fiancé and dad are both with me for the week and we have a two bedroom suite. This hotel is seriously amazing! It has a big walk-shower and a full kitchen, which helps a lot so we can cook our meals instead of eating out and spending a ton of money. It also has two bathrooms.

I have had ZERO pain. Dr. Immerman injects a long acting numbing medication into the incision so it’s very numb and I’ve only been taking Tylenol and Motrin. I was also able to sit in a chair and eat breakfast this morning without any discomfort.

So far I’m very happy with things and will keep everyone posted! I get to take the gauze off this afternoon and shower, so I’m a little nervous to see what it looks like. He told me he thought my incision would be a little longer than some. I’m also nervous for my first bowel movement, but have been taking colace for the last four days so I’m hoping it’s okay.

I’ll keep you all updated on the recovery process but overall I’m very comfortable compared to my last surgery.
Please keep us posted! I have mine on Tuesday next week with Dr. Immerman
 

hatepilo89

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Congrats on going through with the surgery with Dr. Immerman. I had a similarly good experience with him, his staff, and facilities.

It's gonna look a little weird to you, but you will get used to it. Any "major" abrupt change to your body might make you feel a little down, but that feeling will go away, and you can move on with your life cyst free. My scar goes up right to the bottom of my lower back muscles where they meet the butt.

Good luck on recovery. Every day is a little better than the last, even 6 weeks later. So even if you still have some minor discomfort, it's going to just keep getting better.
 

JonH21

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Congratulations on your road to never having this again! Like mentioned above, the first few days can be challenging but it gets better and better. You’ll eventually get to a point where it’s like you never even had a surgery.
 

KatieMarie

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Okay. So last night was rough. My incision looks and feels AMAZING! I just think my body is very sensitive to medications. I took my antibiotics before bed last night and woke up around 5 AM and ended up vomiting a large amount. I was actually trying to have a bowel movement and ending up puking and pooping at the same time...LOL (TMI? Sorry.) I was really nauseous for a couple hours but eventually fell asleep and it went away. I’ve also had a little bit of a cough with thick mucus I think from the breathing tube. Dr. Immerman told me to stop one of the antibiotics so hopefully I won’t throw up again. But as far as the incision goes, it hardly hurts at all. I’m aware it’s there and I think the numbing is wearing off but I’m still able to sit and move around just fine and get by with just Motrin and Tylenol.

**I do have a question. Did anyone notice that their incision had a strange smell after surgery?**
 

KatieMarie

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Sorry I haven’t updated. Unfortunately I’ve come down with some kind of virus. It’s most likely just a cold but I feel pretty miserable. Chills, runny nose, bad cough, no fever. I’ve also had loose stools and some side effects from the Flagyl, so I’ve stopped both antibiotics with Dr. Immermans permission.

The good news is my incision is still doing great. No pain and no drainage. It feels better than it did before the surgery. I guess I just have bad luck lol
 

Vienna

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Sorry to hear that! Feel better soon. I am currently on my way to Eau Claire, surgery day today! Thankfully I only have a short trip as I live in Minneapolis. I’m excited and scared all at the same time. Wish me luck!
 

KatieMarie

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Sorry to hear that! Feel better soon. I am currently on my way to Eau Claire, surgery day today! Thankfully I only have a short trip as I live in Minneapolis. I’m excited and scared all at the same time. Wish me luck!
Good luck! You are going to do great! My incision feels amazing and I have had ZERO pain this entire time! Take a deep breath. You are going to be so glad you did this!
 

KatieMarie

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I am feeling much better today thanks to lots of DayQuil ;-)

I also just got back from my postop appointment with Dr. Immerman. He said the incision looks excellent and he doesn’t think I will have any issues. He also took the drain out! Everything feels great and I literally have had no pain at all. Even sitting feels fine. I’m very happy I did this surgery and will keep updating on my recovery! Dr Immerman is an amazing doctor. Very kind and laid back. He really understands how awful this disease is and I’m so thankful he cares enough to have learned this surgery and perfected it! If anyone is considering getting a cleft lift done...DO IT!! You will not regret it. Like I said, I feel better now than I did before and this recovery has been a breeze compared to my other surgery (minus the vomiting and the virus, but that’s just me being and overachiever lol).

Dr. Immerman also talked about how many people with this disease just give up and decide to live with an open wound. It’s easy to lose hope when you’ve been disappointed time after time with failed surgeries and treatments. But don’t lose hope and don’t give up! I have done hours upon hours of research and this surgery really is the answer. It doesn’t matter where you live, stop settling and travel wherever you need to go to get this done. You will finally have your life back!

If anyone has any questions please feel free to send me a message!
 
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Vienna

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I am feeling much better today thanks to lots of DayQuil ;-)

I also just got back from my postop appointment with Dr. Immerman. He said the incision looks excellent and he doesn’t think I will have any issues. He also took the drain out! Everything feels great and I literally have had no pain at all. Even sitting feels fine. I’m very happy I did this surgery and will keep updating on my recovery! Dr Immerman is an amazing doctor. Very kind and laid back. He really understands how awful this disease is and I’m so thankful he cares enough to have learned this surgery and perfected it! If anyone is considering getting a cleft lift done...DO IT!! You will not regret it. Like I said, I feel better now than I did before and this recovery has been a breeze compared to my other surgery (minus the vomiting and the virus, but that’s just me being and overachiever lol).

Dr. Immerman also talked about how many people with this disease just give up and decide to live with an open wound. It’s easy to lose hope when you’ve been disappointed time after time with failed surgeries and treatments. But don’t lose hope and don’t give up! I have done hours upon hours of research and this surgery really is the answer. It doesn’t matter where you live, stop settling and travel wherever you need to go to get this done. You will finally have your life back!

If anyone has any questions please feel free to send me a message!
So glad to hear you are doing great! Glad you feel better as well. Dr. Immerman said mine went awesome and everything should heal up great. You are right, the little amount of discomfort is crazy! I can hardly tell at all. Now just time to take it easy. Thanks for your posts and reassurance. So glad I decided to do this surgery!
 

KatieMarie

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My surgery was 6 days ago. I am feeling great! It’s almost like I never had surgery and I have to remind myself to be somewhat careful. I’m not taking anything for pain and feel nothing at all. I’m sitting with no problems and slept through the night last night. Dr Immerman said I can lay however I want, even on my back. The only thing he doesn’t want is me sitting off to one side so the buttocks are pushed together.

I’m amazed at how good the incision looks and am seriously so happy I had the surgery. There has been no drainage and having bowel movements has not been an issue. I was so afraid to have another surgery but I can already tell that this was the best decision I have ever made! I will post another update in a few weeks but I don’t foresee any problems! I am really looking forward to going back home tomorrow!

Overall advice for people having this surgery done:
1. Bring baby wipes for cleanup after bowel movements.
2. Start stool softeners a few days before surgery. I took colace twice a day starting four days before.
3. Avoid the pain meds if you can because there really isn’t much pain with this surgery and, in my opinion, it isn’t worth the risk of getting constipated. I took Motrin and Tylenol and never had any pain issues.
4. Relax and be confident you made the right choice!
 
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nc1996

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My surgery was 6 days ago. I am feeling great! It’s almost like I never had surgery and I have to remind myself to be somewhat careful. I’m not taking anything for pain and feel nothing at all. I’m sitting with no problems and slept through the night last night. Dr Immerman said I can lay however I want, even on my back. The only thing he doesn’t want is me sitting off to one side so the buttocks are pushed together.

I’m amazed at how good the incision looks and am seriously so happy I had the surgery. There has been no drainage and having bowel movements has not been an issue. I was so afraid to have another surgery but I can already tell that this was the best decision I have ever made! I will post another update in a few weeks but I don’t foresee any problems! I am really looking forward to going back home tomorrow!

Overall advice for people having this surgery done:
1. Bring baby wipes for cleanup after bowel movements.
2. Start stool softeners a few days before surgery. I took colace twice a day starting four days before.
4. Avoid the pain meds if you can because there really isn’t much pain with this surgery and, in my opinion, it isn’t worth the risk of getting constipated. I took Motrin and Tylenol and never had any pain issues.
3. Relax and be confident you made the right choice!

I’m glad to see you’re doing great Katie!! You have eased my nerves! (Much like every other person who has posted about Dr. I) Also thanks for the advice! My surgery is a week and a half away, and I’m actually looking forward to it!
 

KatieMarie

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Postop day 10:

Just thought I’d post an update. I’m doing great! I did have a very small amount of blood drain from the bottom of the incision the day after I traveled home. It was just dark blood and it wasn’t very much at all. It didn’t even get on my underwear or the gauze I had tucked down there. Nothing has drained since then and that was two days ago. The day I traveled home was a 2 hour car ride and a 1.5 hour flight, so I’m sure it was just too much sitting that day. I’m not concerned about it.

Overall, my incision feels great and my fiancé says it looks like it is healing really well. I have pretty much no pain and haven’t taken any Motrin or Tylenol for days. I have slight discomfort at the drain site where the scab is forming but it’s extremely mild and only noticeable if there is pressure on the area. Bowel movements are normal and don’t cause me any discomfort. I’ve been sitting as much as I want and haven’t had any problems. I had so much pain and discomfort for weeks after my first surgery so it’s really amazing how good I have felt after this one. It really is such an easy recovery and I’m so happy I had it done! I’m excited to take the steri strips off next week and get a real look at my scar.
 

Jordan99

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Postop day 10:

Just thought I’d post an update. I’m doing great! I did have a very small amount of blood drain from the bottom of the incision the day after I traveled home. It was just dark blood and it wasn’t very much at all. It didn’t even get on my underwear or the gauze I had tucked down there. Nothing has drained since then and that was two days ago. The day I traveled home was a 2 hour car ride and a 1.5 hour flight, so I’m sure it was just too much sitting that day. I’m not concerned about it.

Overall, my incision feels great and my fiancé says it looks like it is healing really well. I have pretty much no pain and haven’t taken any Motrin or Tylenol for days. I have slight discomfort at the drain site where the scab is forming but it’s extremely mild and only noticeable if there is pressure on the area. Bowel movements are normal and don’t cause me any discomfort. I’ve been sitting as much as I want and haven’t had any problems. I had so much pain and discomfort for weeks after my first surgery so it’s really amazing how good I have felt after this one. It really is such an easy recovery and I’m so happy I had it done! I’m excited to take the steri strips off next week and get a real look at my scar.
This sounds great! Any update after about 3 weeks?
 

KatieMarie

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Thursday will be three weeks since surgery! I am doing amazingly well and could not be more happy with the result. I am still amazed at how easy this recovery was. I had a failed closed midline excision in April and it was TERRIBLE. I 100% stand by my decision to have this surgery done and highly recommend this procedure for ANYONE with this disease, whether it's your first cyst or not.

My incision feels great and I rarely have any pain. If I sit for more than a few hours, I do have some minor soreness at the bottom of the incision (mine is quite long and comes pretty close to the anus), but it's not unbearable and I am able to continue sitting despite the soreness. I can sleep in any position I want and have even been able to lay on my back a little bit in bed. My incision has had no splitting or draining and has healed perfectly! It feels so good to not have to wear any gauze back there for the first time in over nine months! I did send a picture to Dr. Immerman and he said it looks fantastic! I honestly feel like I could do any activity I want right now, but am supposed to take it easy for at least another three weeks.

I am a surgical ICU nurse, so I did take a longer period of time off of work than usual. They recommended only 1-2 weeks off, but I took four weeks just to be safe. I work long 12 hour shifts (up to four in a row) and sometimes I am so busy I never sit down at all. I also do a lot of fast walking and running if there is a code blue or other emergency. I go back to work on the 22nd and I feel more than ready!

Please don't hesitate to message me with specific questions or if you want to see photos of what my incision looks like! After what I have been through, I truly want to help anyone I can.
 

KatieMarie

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Today is one month postop! I am feeling AMAZING! I’m excited to go back to work tomorrow, it has been pretty boring at home since my fiancé works night shift four days a week and is asleep most of the day.

My incision looks amazing and has had no splitting or problems with healing. I do get occasional sharp pains throughout the area as it heals but I have zero pain with sitting and it feels so good to be able to lay on my back again! Still extremely happy with the results and so thankful I had this surgery done.
 

nc1996

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Today is one month postop! I am feeling AMAZING! I’m excited to go back to work tomorrow, it has been pretty boring at home since my fiancé works night shift four days a week and is asleep most of the day.

My incision looks amazing and has had no splitting or problems with healing. I do get occasional sharp pains throughout the area as it heals but I have zero pain with sitting and it feels so good to be able to lay on my back again! Still extremely happy with the results and so thankful I had this surgery done.
Glad to hear everything is going so well for you! I am almost 2 weeks post op and am so happy I had the surgery done. Thank goodness for Dr. Immerman!
 

katiemarmino

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Today is one month postop! I am feeling AMAZING! I’m excited to go back to work tomorrow, it has been pretty boring at home since my fiancé works night shift four days a week and is asleep most of the day.

My incision looks amazing and has had no splitting or problems with healing. I do get occasional sharp pains throughout the area as it heals but I have zero pain with sitting and it feels so good to be able to lay on my back again! Still extremely happy with the results and so thankful I had this surgery done.

I am curious as to how much this procedure has cost you... I posted a thread asking for advice when I kept reading and came to your thread and this sounds like it is going to be the only way to cure this!! But over the past four years dealing with this, I have racked up heavy medical bills and cannot afford much more..
 

KatieMarie

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I haven't received a bill yet, so I'm not sure how much it will cost. I do know I was out of network. You can contact the clinic you are looking at and they can discuss price with you and also talk to your insurance company. It is definitely worth it!
 
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