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

Loeyann

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Hello Everyone,
I was hoping to see if any of you can help me. This is a bit long, I apologize but it sets the scenario. I have a 14 yr old son who was just diagnosed with this pilonidal cyst. Back in January of this year my son was complaining about back and butt pain, he asked me to check it out I looked at the time and saw nothing. Keep in mind I never really, really looked, not wanting to be too invasive. Later that month, we were at an arcade, my son was playing those motorcycle games where you had to straddle the “bike” in order to play. Upon leaving the arcade I saw what seemed to be a very large wet spot on the back of his jeans. When I asked he said it must have been sweat from playing laser tag and all the other activities they did that night. Once we got home and I was doing the laundry I noticed the spot on his jeans was not wet but bloody. I immediately asked him to check out his backside again and when I did I was mortified. He had this hole in the upper crack of his buttocks and when I examined it the crap that came out was horrible! I immediately called his pediatrician and he was seen the next day. The Dr. diagnosed it as a cyst, prescribed antibiotic and said to take a wait and see attitude as sometimes they go away and sometimes they are recurrent. Should it be recurrent surgery is an option but to keep in mind it’s not an easy operation and he can be laid up for a long time.
So , we left , my son took the antibiotics but I wanted him to still be seen by a surgeon. We live in an area where there aren’t a lot of great surgeons so I opted to travel over an hour to see a colon rectal surgeon who was give good reviews. At the time of our visit which was at the beginning on Feb. it seemed the area was healing and the Dr. said while he does do the surgery with what he described as a cleft lift , that the surgery can be problematic and he isn’t recommend it at this time. He did recommend laser hair removal though.
Flash forward to this past Friday, my son said his butt felt funny again. I examined the area and we are right back to where we started , oozing blood and stuff. I got an appt with the surgeon that day we went down and he lanced it to allow it to drain better. This time he said when we return in two weeks he wanted to discuss surgery. I talked with a friend of mine whose son had a bout or two with his cyst but it never came back. So, do we take a wait and see approach and hope it doesn’t come back, or do we have the surgery and hope it’s successful . My son loves to play soccer, swim and ride his quad. I don’t want this cyst to control his life.
Well since then, I’ve been on the internet researching everything about this and I came across Dr. Immerman’s site. I really liked what I read, however we live in PA and I’m afraid of having this procedure done being so far away from home. I see on this site there is a list of surgeons and there are only three in PA. All of whom are within close proximity to us, but it doesn’t say what type of cleft surgery they do.
This is my only son, I want to make the right decision for him.
Should we decide to go to Dr. Immerman, how would I handle follow up visits? I’m assuming all of you that went to him are within a reasonable travel distance away. I see where you all seem very happy with your care there.
Any advice you can offer would be so appreciated.
Thank you and God Bless!
 

nc1996

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Hello Everyone,
I was hoping to see if any of you can help me. This is a bit long, I apologize but it sets the scenario. I have a 14 yr old son who was just diagnosed with this pilonidal cyst. Back in January of this year my son was complaining about back and butt pain, he asked me to check it out I looked at the time and saw nothing. Keep in mind I never really, really looked, not wanting to be too invasive. Later that month, we were at an arcade, my son was playing those motorcycle games where you had to straddle the “bike” in order to play. Upon leaving the arcade I saw what seemed to be a very large wet spot on the back of his jeans. When I asked he said it must have been sweat from playing laser tag and all the other activities they did that night. Once we got home and I was doing the laundry I noticed the spot on his jeans was not wet but bloody. I immediately asked him to check out his backside again and when I did I was mortified. He had this hole in the upper crack of his buttocks and when I examined it the crap that came out was horrible! I immediately called his pediatrician and he was seen the next day. The Dr. diagnosed it as a cyst, prescribed antibiotic and said to take a wait and see attitude as sometimes they go away and sometimes they are recurrent. Should it be recurrent surgery is an option but to keep in mind it’s not an easy operation and he can be laid up for a long time.
So , we left , my son took the antibiotics but I wanted him to still be seen by a surgeon. We live in an area where there aren’t a lot of great surgeons so I opted to travel over an hour to see a colon rectal surgeon who was give good reviews. At the time of our visit which was at the beginning on Feb. it seemed the area was healing and the Dr. said while he does do the surgery with what he described as a cleft lift , that the surgery can be problematic and he isn’t recommend it at this time. He did recommend laser hair removal though.
Flash forward to this past Friday, my son said his butt felt funny again. I examined the area and we are right back to where we started , oozing blood and stuff. I got an appt with the surgeon that day we went down and he lanced it to allow it to drain better. This time he said when we return in two weeks he wanted to discuss surgery. I talked with a friend of mine whose son had a bout or two with his cyst but it never came back. So, do we take a wait and see approach and hope it doesn’t come back, or do we have the surgery and hope it’s successful . My son loves to play soccer, swim and ride his quad. I don’t want this cyst to control his life.
Well since then, I’ve been on the internet researching everything about this and I came across Dr. Immerman’s site. I really liked what I read, however we live in PA and I’m afraid of having this procedure done being so far away from home. I see on this site there is a list of surgeons and there are only three in PA. All of whom are within close proximity to us, but it doesn’t say what type of cleft surgery they do.
This is my only son, I want to make the right decision for him.
Should we decide to go to Dr. Immerman, how would I handle follow up visits? I’m assuming all of you that went to him are within a reasonable travel distance away. I see where you all seem very happy with your care there.
Any advice you can offer would be so appreciated.
Thank you and God Bless!
Hi! I had my surgery with Dr. Immerman after dealing with the disease for 5 years. I am a little over 3 weeks post op now and could not be happier! As far as the traveling goes, I made the trip to Eau Claire from southern Missouri (bordering Arkansas). It was about a 10.5 hour drive but in my opinion completely worth it. As far as the follow ups go: I had my surgery on a Friday and stayed in Eau Claire until Monday. I had an appointment Monday morning with Dr. Immerman and then he gave me the all clear to go home. Since then, I have emailed photographs at 2 weeks and 3 weeks post op. He is an expert and can tell a lot just by the photos. I couldn’t recommend him enough! Your son would be in great hands. If you have any more questions feel free to send me a message.
 

Loeyann

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I’m worried that my sons behind appearance will be really altered? Are you satisfied with how your bottom looks now? Also, can you comment on taking care of the drain that was put in? I get very sqeamish when it comes to that especially with my son. Lastly, was it really painful having the drain removed? Also, did you take all the vitamins they recommended? It seems a bit excessive for a 14 yr old? Not to mention when I looked them up a lot of the info that I came across said to stop taking them right before surgery and some interfer with antibiotics.
Thank you for all your advice.
 
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nc1996

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I’m worried that my sons behind appearance will be really altered? Are you satisfied with how your bottom looks now? Also, can you comment on taking care of the drain that was put in? I get very sqeamish when it comes to that especially with my son. Lastly, was it really painful having the drain removed? Also, did you take all the vitamins they recommended? It seems a bit excessive for a 14 yr old? Not to mention when I looked them up a lot of the info that I came across said to stop taking them right before surgery and some interfer with antibiotics.
Thank you for all your advice.
I am satisfied with the looks! Things look different, but even with just underwear on you can’t tell a difference! The pictures on Dr. Immermans website are all pretty much what mine looks like. Personally, I would rather look at this than the draining abscess I used to have.

Having the drain removed was pretty much painless! There was a tiny pinch feeling on the initial pull due to some scabbing, but after that it just slid right out with zero pain. My step mom is a nurse so I had her remove it, but anybody could do it. I believe Dr. Immerman will give instructions on how to do so. I didn’t have to have any help as far as caring for the drain. I just emptied it twice a day and measured the output. Mine was around 20cc’s the first couple days and then dropped down to 10cc’s the last few days before removal.

As far as the vitamins go, I took them the best I could. I missed a few doses here and there but did my best to keep on top of it. If you are concerned with the quantity of vitamins (it is a lot) you could always ask Dr. Immerman and see if there is an alternative. He seems to take a pretty wholistic approach on things and I think the vitamins are just to maximize the best possible outcome. I took the vitamins with my antibiotics but there were instructions with the antibiotics that told you when to take the vitamins.

I hope this helps! If you have any more questions I’d be happy to help the best I can!
 

MissRuss

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I am so thankful to have found this site. I had a pilonidal cyst at 22, drained and no issues until age 38 and 32 weeks pregnant!! It was awful. It was drained and returned a few months later and drained again. It was back again several months later and drained 1.5 weeks ago. The colorectal surgeon I go to (the NP) said she wants me to come back in 6 weeks to discuss possible surgical options. They said they don't love to do it bc there seems to be quite a bit of recurrence and that they will typically put you under GA and perform almost the same in office procedure, but open it more and scrape around and clean it out. I am not so sure how I feel about this. They said they see these all the time and they typically go away with a good cleaning. There is 1 person in my area whose name on saw on the surgeon hall of fame, that apparently does the cleft lift. The NP at my office said mine doesn't seem that bad. Although, how do they really know? I have read stories where it can appear minor on the outside and be a huge disaster on the inside. I am wondering if I should go for a consult with the surgeon whose name i came across in my area. I have heard so much of Dr.Immerman, but I am not sure I can realistically make that journey. I have 3 very small children. I emailed there office and asked if they knew anyone in my area who performs that procedure and they said no. So,how do you know who to trust and who not? How do you know someone can successfully perform that procedure? I am so stressed and over this and it is starting to consume my life. I have thought of just dealing with it and having it lanced and drained when needed, but how often with that be and the pain is unbearable when it happens. They said I have 2 very small (like pin point) pits. No sinus. I have never had draining on its own. I guess I am just looking for any advice. Katie you seem very knowledgeable and comforting. Its nice to have a community for this. Know one seems to understand what this is like
 

MissRuss

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I am so thankful to have found this site. I had a pilonidal cyst at 22, drained and no issues until age 38 and 32 weeks pregnant!! It was awful. It was drained and returned a few months later and drained again. It was back again several months later and drained 1.5 weeks ago. The colorectal surgeon I go to (the NP) said she wants me to come back in 6 weeks to discuss possible surgical options. They said they don't love to do it bc there seems to be quite a bit of recurrence and that they will typically put you under GA and perform almost the same in office procedure, but open it more and scrape around and clean it out. I am not so sure how I feel about this. They said they see these all the time and they typically go away with a good cleaning. There is 1 person in my area whose name on saw on the surgeon hall of fame, that apparently does the cleft lift. The NP at my office said mine doesn't seem that bad. Although, how do they really know? I have read stories where it can appear minor on the outside and be a huge disaster on the inside. I am wondering if I should go for a consult with the surgeon whose name i came across in my area. I have heard so much of Dr.Immerman, but I am not sure I can realistically make that journey. I have 3 very small children. I emailed there office and asked if they knew anyone in my area who performs that procedure and they said no. So,how do you know who to trust and who not? How do you know someone can successfully perform that procedure? I am so stressed and over this and it is starting to consume my life. I have thought of just dealing with it and having it lanced and drained when needed, but how often with that be and the pain is unbearable when it happens. They said I have 2 very small (like pin point) pits. No sinus. I have never had draining on its own. I guess I am just looking for any advice. Katie you seem very knowledgeable and comforting. Its nice to have a community for this. Know one seems to understand what this is like
Also .... can this really tunnel to your organs?! This is just horrible. I do not want my body and immune system under constant attack!!
 

KatieMarie

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I’m worried that my sons behind appearance will be really altered? Are you satisfied with how your bottom looks now? Also, can you comment on taking care of the drain that was put in? I get very sqeamish when it comes to that especially with my son. Lastly, was it really painful having the drain removed? Also, did you take all the vitamins they recommended? It seems a bit excessive for a 14 yr old? Not to mention when I looked them up a lot of the info that I came across said to stop taking them right before surgery and some interfer with antibiotics.
Thank you for all your advice.
So sorry it took me so long to respond.

I am EXTREMELY satisfied with my results from my surgery with Dr. Immerman and am confident that I am finally healed! I am six weeks out from surgery and am completely back to normal with zero pain. I can do any activity and I have no discomfort. I traveled from Michigan to see him. It was a 2 hour flight followed by a 1.5 hour drive. I know there are a lot of people who have traveled much further and it was well worth it! I stayed in a hotel for the week after surgery just because I wanted to be close to Dr. Immerman if there were any issues and I wanted him to be the one to remove my drain. A lot of people don't stay until the drain is removed though and I haven't heard of anyone having any problems! It is entirely up to you and what you are comfortable with. Dr. Immerman does an amazing job with this surgery and I am confident your son would have amazing results as well.

My butt definitely looks different, but it doesn't feel any different. In my opinion it is worth being cured from this horrible disease. I lived with an open wound for months that was constantly draining before having this procedure done. Dr. Immerman's surgery was virtually painless and the recovery was very easy compared to my first surgery. I really cannot recommend this doctor and procedure enough!

As far as the vitamins go, I agree with nc1996. Dr. Immerman is very knowledgeable and if you have any concerns about the amount of vitamins, he can help reassure you or adjust dosages as needed.
 

KatieMarie

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I am so thankful to have found this site. I had a pilonidal cyst at 22, drained and no issues until age 38 and 32 weeks pregnant!! It was awful. It was drained and returned a few months later and drained again. It was back again several months later and drained 1.5 weeks ago. The colorectal surgeon I go to (the NP) said she wants me to come back in 6 weeks to discuss possible surgical options. They said they don't love to do it bc there seems to be quite a bit of recurrence and that they will typically put you under GA and perform almost the same in office procedure, but open it more and scrape around and clean it out. I am not so sure how I feel about this. They said they see these all the time and they typically go away with a good cleaning. There is 1 person in my area whose name on saw on the surgeon hall of fame, that apparently does the cleft lift. The NP at my office said mine doesn't seem that bad. Although, how do they really know? I have read stories where it can appear minor on the outside and be a huge disaster on the inside. I am wondering if I should go for a consult with the surgeon whose name i came across in my area. I have heard so much of Dr.Immerman, but I am not sure I can realistically make that journey. I have 3 very small children. I emailed there office and asked if they knew anyone in my area who performs that procedure and they said no. So,how do you know who to trust and who not? How do you know someone can successfully perform that procedure? I am so stressed and over this and it is starting to consume my life. I have thought of just dealing with it and having it lanced and drained when needed, but how often with that be and the pain is unbearable when it happens. They said I have 2 very small (like pin point) pits. No sinus. I have never had draining on its own. I guess I am just looking for any advice. Katie you seem very knowledgeable and comforting. Its nice to have a community for this. Know one seems to understand what this is like
Hi MissRuss,

I am so sorry you are dealing with this. I definitely understand how you are feeling. It really does feel like it will never end!

I was also told mine was not "that bad". However, when Dr. Immerman opened me up, there was a large pocket and tunnel underneath my previous incision. On the outside, it really didn't look like there was a major problem. It can definitely be deceiving.

As far as surgery goes, I think the cleft lift is the best option. Most other procedures offer temporary relief but don't necessarily fix what is causing the problem to begin with, which is a deep cleft. I will say that a few people have been able to get by with smaller procedures without a recurrence, but most of the time these do recur if they aren't treated properly. The cleft lift is the best option because it shallows the cleft and drastically reduces (and sometimes completely eliminates) the chance of the cyst returning. I have read many studies and medical journals that talk about the cleft lift and how it should be utilized more as first-line treatment for this disease.

I was also referred to a surgeon close to home that I was told performs the cleft lift. Upon researching that doctor, I couldn't find any information about her performing the procedure or reviews from other patients. After dealing with my failed surgery for nine months, I just wasn't willing to risk another failed procedure. That is why I chose to travel to Dr. Immerman. He explained to me that some surgeons will claim they perform the cleft lift, but they don't do it correctly and patients end up coming to him anyway. I am not saying this would be the case with the surgeon they recommended to you, but it is just something to think about. I understand how hard it can be to travel and that you are in a difficult position, but I can say that Dr. Immerman is one of the most experienced surgeons in performing this procedure and has treated, and cured, so many people on this forum. Yes, travelling is difficult and expensive, but knowing you are seeing the best of the best and that you will have a good outcome is far worth it in the end. I hope you are able to find the help you need and that you are able to get the cleft lift with an experienced surgeon!

Please do not hesitate to direct message me with any questions or if you want to see photos of my cleft lift journey. I'd be happy to help you in any way!

Also, do not let horror stories of tunneling to organs scare you. This is EXTREMELY rare and is often a separate problem/fistula. It is much easier for the cyst to drain through the skin than travel all the way to the rectum.

Katie
 

MissRuss

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Katie thank you SO much for your response. I appreciate your honestly and openness with all of this. I can imagine it has not been easy, but it is reassuring for all of us going through this horrible experience. I do have a few questions if you don't mind...
1) how are you feeling now? It's been how long?
2) how long were you in Eau Claire for? Did you stay long enough for him to remove your drain and how was the travel home?
3) i would like to see photos yes, if you are willing to share

I did read your story and you may have answered some of these questions already so forgive me. I can't recall everything

Thanks again for your response advice and support!
 

KatieMarie

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You are so welcome!

My surgery was six weeks ago yesterday. I am 100% back to normal with no discomfort. I have also been back to work for two weeks and have had no problems! The recovery from Dr. Immerman's cleft lift was virtually painless. He injects a long acting numbing medication into the incision that left me numb back there for 3 days after surgery. I never took any of the narcotic pain pills after my surgery, just Tylenol and Motrin. My pain was very well controlled and I was sitting for all of my meals the day after surgery. I was back to relatively normal activity within a couple of weeks. I read on another post just now that you are worried about the length of recovery and not being able to care for your young kids. I don't think you would be laid up for very long at all, maybe a week at most. But even then, during the first week, I was still carefully walking around the hotel and sitting throughout each day. If you do have this done, I think you will be able to do more than you are expecting, as long as you are careful.

I was in Eau Claire for one week. I flew in on a Wednesday and my surgery was Thursday morning. My drain was removed the following Tuesday and I flew home on Thursday. I could have flown home the day they removed the drain, but I wasn't expecting it to be removed that soon and already had the flight booked. The travel home was mildly uncomfortable due to the length of time I had to sit, but my incision had no problems. I was actually in more pain on the way there with my open wound than I was on the way back after the surgery. The pain was immediately gone when I was able to walk around or lay down when I got home.

I will direct message you photos within the next couple of hours. I want to have my sister take a photo of how it is looking now at six weeks so I can include it for you!
 

Loeyann

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Hello Katie,

What type of anesthesia did you have? I don’t believe my son has ever been under general anesthesia. He has had tubes in his ears when he was real young and a cauterization in his nose a couple years ago. I’m concerned about him getting general anesthesia. Any help you can offer would be appreciated. Thank you!
 

KatieMarie

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I had general anesthesia. It was my first time having it and the only problem I had afterward was nausea. I know the idea of it is very scary, but it is actually extremely safe. Even people who are very sick can have general anesthesia without any issues. I definitely don't think you should worry, especially since your son is young and healthy, and the surgery is relatively short. His two previous surgeries should not cause any issues or interfere with the anesthesia. Also, before the procedure the anesthesiologist will come talk to you and your son and you can bring up any concerns you have. I have a fainting condition and was really worried that I would have an issue with the anesthesia, but the anesthesiologist and Dr. Immerman were both wonderful and helped to reassure me that everything would be okay!
 

KatieMarie

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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..
Hi Katie! I finally received a bill for $1,150. Dr. Immerman was out of network for me. I will say though that I'm still on my dad's insurance for a few more months and he has really good coverage.
 

Maine1

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Hi KatieMarie,

I'm thinking of contacting Dr. Immerman. If you don't mind I have a couple of questions.
How did you reach out to his office? Did you call or email?
How long after you contacted his office, before they got back to you?
Between the initial call/email how long after was your surgery?

Thanks!
 

KatieMarie

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I reached out to them through Dr. Immerman’s website: http://pilonidal.net/contact/

This is the contact page where you can send a message asking for a consultation. I received an email response that same day within a couple of hours and heard from Dr. Immerman himself the next day! I then spoke to Dr. Immerman on the phone a couple of days later. I was amazed at the quick response. My surgery was 6 weeks after my initial message.
 

KatieMarie

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It has now been over six months since my cleft lift! I am back to normal life and this now feels like a distant memory. My incision healed without ANY issues and looks great. I can sit and lay on it without any discomfort and forget it’s even there most of the time. Dr. Immerman is the best and I would go back to him in a heartbeat if I had to. This was the best decision I made and I encourage everyone who is struggling with this to go see him, no matter the distance. This surgery will change your life!
 

mjr4184

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It has now been over six months since my cleft lift! I am back to normal life and this now feels like a distant memory. My incision healed without ANY issues and looks great. I can sit and lay on it without any discomfort and forget it’s even there most of the time. Dr. Immerman is the best and I would go back to him in a heartbeat if I had to. This was the best decision I made and I encourage everyone who is struggling with this to go see him, no matter the distance. This surgery will change your life!

Hi

I appreciated all your frequent updates going on all the way up to 6 months on here. Very helpful. I’m nearly 3 weeks post op. Had no prior surgery and had cleft-lift with Dr Immerman. I traveled from FL. It has all been a good experience.

I have heard from them this is normal, but I’m curious just to hear others “real stories”. The main sensation I notice now is mild twinges in the actual midline. Not the stitches, but where the flap was “pulled over” and the sinuses were primarily removed from. Also, the skin along the stitches and in the midline have reduced sensation to touch. I think it’s all normal based on what they say.

I just never hear people describe the sorts of feelings they get this much post op. I’m basically not in any real “pain” just sometime mild discomfort or tightness. Mostly it’s just odd feelings in the midline area and then I get paranoid hoping it is all healing correctly. It all looks really good too. I’ve been frequently checking in with Dr I with pictures and descriptions of feelings and he says all is going well. So that’s nice to hear.

I’ve read many open excision stories out there and heard of so many peoples difficult problems. So makes the whole thing just seem scarier I think.

I’m certainly happy I researched ahead of time and went to Eau Claire to get this done with him though!
 

KatieMarie

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Hi there,

All of this is completely normal. My incision and the area around it was very numb for a few months. As I started to get feeling back, I did have tingling and even sharp shooting pains as the nerves healed. Some of the shooting pains were intense. I emailed Dr. Immerman about it and he was not concerned at all and said it was normal. Your scar and the area underneath the flap is going to take quite a while to fully form and mature, so the pain you are having right now is because of that. I definitely had some strange feelings as well even up to a month ago.

You made the right decision by getting the cleft lift. Dr. Immerman is the best and most of his patients don't seem to have any issues with healing. I am so happy with my result and I know you will have the same experience!

Let me know if you have any other questions!

Katie
 

mjr4184

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Hi there,

All of this is completely normal. My incision and the area around it was very numb for a few months. As I started to get feeling back, I did have tingling and even sharp shooting pains as the nerves healed. Some of the shooting pains were intense. I emailed Dr. Immerman about it and he was not concerned at all and said it was normal. Your scar and the area underneath the flap is going to take quite a while to fully form and mature, so the pain you are having right now is because of that. I definitely had some strange feelings as well even up to a month ago.

You made the right decision by getting the cleft lift. Dr. Immerman is the best and most of his patients don't seem to have any issues with healing. I am so happy with my result and I know you will have the same experience!

Let me know if you have any other questions!

Katie

I appreciate the detailed response! That is all nice to hear. I've found it a bit difficult to find internet info where people discuss the "little" things like these sensations during the post-op weeks when things are going fine.

I've heard people discussing gradually being able to do a bit more activity, and being about fully able to do things again in the 4-6 week range. Was that accurate for you? When you do resume some more active things that will involve the affected area, I'm guessing there will be strange sensations triggered from that as well for the same reasons you already explained above. I am going to message Dr I and ask about when certain sorts of activities maybe appropriate to ease back into again, eg. I like to golf, yoga, weights. I know some things need longer to start up again - possibly the whole 6 weeks or whatever time span, but I'm not sure how this typically goes for people. Did you have any particular activities that were similar that you started up again at some point post-op?

I've researched quite a bit and continually keep finding Dr Immerman coming up as the best out there. I've read a bunch of his material he has online, including his white paper and watched his YouTube video performing the cleft-lift (a bit graphic, but was interesting to see). So yes, I'm very happy I found out about him and took the trip from FL to WI to do surgery there the first time. I feel fortunate I learned about this prior to doing any surgical work on this (I noticed the cyst issue about 5 years ago, and it eventually popped on it's own and then wouldn't really close anymore so I was looking for treatment).
 

B1993

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mjr,

I also had surgery with Dr. I, I am just over 4 months post op.

-I was 2 weeks post op when I was back to lightly hitting golf balls and fishing.
-3 weeks post op I was back to working out. I started light and worked my way up to hard workouts by week 5 id say. I would do anything that wouldn't put stress or pressure on the incision (no squats, etc.) I would focus on doing exercises you can do standing or face down like push-ups.
-Started running again at 6 weeks post op.
-Swimming at week 4.

So far I have had no big issues with recovery. I am still working out hard 6 times a week. I am very glad I made the drive to Eau Claire vs settling for anything less. Every once in a while I get a strange sensation in the area while working out but I imagine it is just nerves and I try not worry/think about it. I like to think working out was helpful in recovery as it increases blood flow around the body. I have no idea if there is any truth to that as I have zero medical training but seems like it could make sense.

If you have any other questions feel free to ask or send me a message. I am not on this site as often as I used to be but I try to drop by every week or so.
 
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