Cleft Lift 1/29/19 Recovery (Dr. Immerman)

#1
My pilonidal background. I am currently a 27 year old male. Rewind to when I was in high school and in my small town we used to sled behind our pickups in the winter for some good entertainment. I remember one night we were crossing some railroad tracks and I hit my tailbone extremely hard. The following days it bugged me and I thought I just bruised it. Fast forward a few more days and I remember seeing a blood spot down there, not thinking anything of it I just shrugged it off and went on with life. Fast forward about 9-10 years (spring 2017) I sat down one day and noticed an all to familiar pain and started doing some research. I came to the conclusion that I had a pilonidal cyst flaring up. It started to get extremely painful and I went to the doc who just told me to put a heat pack on and it will drain on its own. After a few days of terrible pain, it did, and I thought that was that(We all know how that goes).

I made it until spring of 2018 and it happened all over again. I had done my research and figured this was going to happen and knew what I was dealing with. Fortunately this one popped and then drained almost daily for the rest of the year. That is until November came and it came back with a vengeance. It seemed like it grew twice the size. I just put up with draining and getting infected and that vicious cycle until Jan 5,2019, I had enough. I went in and got it drained to relieve the pressure. However I knew it was time to search for options.

I love exercise and to work out and the whole year of 2018 I had to be extremely cautious of what I did. I realized running was out of the picture because that irritated it. Squats and things like bench press did as well. But most importantly, I could not sit comfortably in the rocking chair in my sons bedroom to rock him to sleep and I knew I was missing out on precious time with him and it really upset me. I began to worry about this thing NONSTOP and when it was going to flare up and it was affecting my quality of life.

I found Dr. Immerman from this form and thank god I did. I read the horror stories from people who had multiple excisions and no healing and knew I didn’t want to go that route so I’m grateful I found him first. I contacted his office and sent pictures and was schedule 12 days later. What a relief!! I was nervous but so excited to be done with this
 
#2
Day 1-Surgery Day

Since Dr. Immerman is in Eau Claire and I thankfully live in the Twin Cities, it was only an hour and a half drive. Of course it was -25 the day of surgery and daycare closed so my wife, son and I headed there Tuesday Jan 29th in the morning.

We had a consultation with Dr. Immerman first and he took a look and said I look like a great candidate for the surgery and assured me everything would be just fine! Him and his staff are absolutely amazing!

From there, we went to Sacred Heart hospital and got prepped for surgery. I honesty can’t say enough great things about there staff as well. They were also amazing! At 12:30 I had my surgery and I woke up 2 hours later and was in recovery and was amazed how good I felt. Of course I was pretty numb but still couldn’t believe it. We made the journey back to the cities and I just rested the rest of the evening.

I also got a look of my incision and my new rear end and I was very surprised at not near as freaked out as I had initially thought.

I’ll post more tomorrow
 
#4
Day 2

Last night was much better than anticipated. I slept really good and with little discomfort. I am currently taking 2 antibiotics that Dr. Immerman prescribed and I didn’t fill the prescription for the Trammadol. Ibuprofen has taken the edge of so far so I’m going to stick with that. I have not had a bowel movement yet and imagine I am going to be very nervous to do so but I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it. I am going to take a shower in a couple hours. I’ll try to keep this updated and give as much info as I can. If you have questions, let me know!
 
#5
Yay! I’m so glad you are doing well. I feel like I never even had the surgery or had a problem back there at all. Happy healing and congratulations!
 
#6
Day 2 cont.

I am doing great so far! I will admit that I have some soreness in the area and it’s sore when I sit but all in all not bad at all! I even went and got a little workout in. I only used cables and dumbbells and nothing that involved legs of course but that was such a relief to be able to do, especially the day after surgery!

I just showered and couldn’t believe that the incision area had no blood or anything. I am pleased with the way it looks too. I expected it to be worse. I still haven’t had a bowel movement and have taken Miralax to aid in that department. Otherwise just hanging out and going from laying on the couch to sitting in a chair. So far so good!
 
#7
Day 3

I woke up today feeling very good! Even much better than yesterday, which is awesome. I am feeling good enough to go in to work and get some paperwork done. I have been avoiding sitting because it still isn't the most comfortable thing in the world but this way I can sit for awhile and then use my stand up desk as well. I am a chiropractor so I won't be able to adjust anybody for a little while yet. I had my first bowel movement today and let me tell you, I was super nervous! However, it was NOTHING like I had anticipated. It didn't bother me at all. I then took a shower and while I was in the shower I couldn't help but reflect on the last few months. I am SO SO SO relieved I had this surgery done. It feels like I had a weight lifted off my shoulders. It was starting to really get me down and affect my psyche and mental health for sure.

I had my wife check everything out and she said it looks really good! The incision is not leaking at all and really hasn't at all. I am still getting quite a bit of drainage from the drain that is inserted but that is normal. All good things to report again. I plan on going in to the gym later and getting a very light workout in with the cables again.
 
#8
So happy for you! I’m so glad I had it done as well and just got back home to Michigan a couple hours ago. We definitely made the right choice!
 
#10
Awesome!! Question for you, when he took the drain out, did you just leave the hole open and uncovered?
Dr Immerman covered it when he took it out. I have kept it covered since then, except while showering, just until it scabs over. Just a regular bandaid is enough. It hasn’t drained at all. It also did not hurt at all when he took it out.
 
#11
Dr Immerman covered it when he took it out. I have kept it covered since then, except while showering, just until it scabs over. Just a regular bandaid is enough. It hasn’t drained at all. It also did not hurt at all when he took it out.
Awesome! He is allowing my wife to take it out so I just wanted to make sure that I take care of it the right way when we take it out. Thanks for everything! Hope everything is still going very well.
 
#12
Day 4

Woke up this morning and decided I wasn’t going to take ibuprofen and see how the day went. Not going to lie, I think I maybe overdid it a little bit yesterday with sitting and moving around as I was pretty sore today. All things considered, I feel amazing and did not picture myself being able to go to work 2 days after surgery or even doing light exercise the day after. This weekend I plan on relaxing and not doing a whole lot. All good things to report again just a little soreness but I also feel like I’m not protecting it as much as I have been which is comforting as well!
 
#13
Day 6

I have been extremely active this weekend and am feeling very good. We went and did some shopping Friday and Saturday and today we went to the zoo. I averaged about 15,000 steps the past 3 days and I feel great! Of course I have some soreness, especially with sitting, but it is manageable. I get to take my drain out today as the draining has really gone down and I can’t wait! Not being able to sleep on my right side has not been much fun.

All good things! I am so grateful for Dr. Immerman and what he has done for me so far. I just pray it works and I never deal with the disease again.
 
#14
Congratulations!
Hey Jon! Don’t know if you’re still on here but I had a question for ya. I am a police officer and spend the majority of a 12 hour shift in a car. I was just curious if you have any discomfort from sitting extended periods of time at this point in your recovery, or when in your recovery you would’ve felt comfortable sitting in a car for 12 hours. Thanks, and I hope to hear from you soon!
 
#15
Day 8

I am feeling pretty good so far! I still have a decent amount of pain while sitting so I have been using some foam that they gave me after the surgery. I am a chiropractor so spend alot of time in a bent over position. I have been back to work but to a very limited capacity. I cannot do my normal side posture adjustment so I've made adjustments to my adjustments and hopefully I can be back to adjusting pretty normal next week. I am just being cautious this week. Aside from some minor discomfort, I am healing very well I think! I have still been able to get in some light standing cable/dumbbell workouts, so that's been great.

This morning I was taking my bag out of my car and apparently I didn't open the door the whole way and it hit my backside when I was reaching in my car. I must say, I almost had a tear come to my eye haha. It is still a little sore from that but nothing bad at all. I guess I'll learn to not do that again!
 
#16
Day 11

All the Steri Strips have come off, mainly because one side wasn’t really sticking anymore. The last 2 days have been kindve a turning point as far as sitting and bending go. I can sit pretty comfortably now as long as the seat isn’t too cushioned. Bending down to pick things up is getting easier. I was able to do seated machines at the gym instead of only cables. No laying of course and I am VERY careful when doing the seated machines. The incision looks great and appears to be healing very well. I still go through times where i feel some discomfort but I have to remind myself I am not even 2 weeks post surgery! I also plan on going back to normal adjusting technique at work on Monday so hopefully that goes well!
 
#17
Day 14

Exactly two weeks post surgery today and I feel great! I really have no pain at all when I am standing and walking around. Bending over to pick things up off the ground, I am careful with. I think sitting gets more and more comfortable every single day and unless its a really cushioned chair that puts pressure on the upper part of the incision, I feel great. I can lay down on my back when I'm sleeping with no issues and very little discomfort. The incision itself looks very good and is healing great. I am back to work at full capacity as of yesterday and have no issues with adjusting my patients at all. I can tell I still favor it a little bit and am guarding, but that is totally natural. I have been able to exercise (no cardio for another couple weeks) but I have been able to do anything and everything standing from cables to dumbbells. I can do pretty much anything seated as well. Nothing laying down and no squats/lunges/deadlifts or anything like that as Dr. Immerman advised not to for 4-6 weeks. Which is just fine because I don't feel comfortable doing it yet anyway as there is some discomfort with bending over still.

All in all, I am SO surprised how good I feel 2 weeks post. I feel like every day is a better day now at this point. I will try to update regularly still. Direct message me if you have any questions or anything!
 
#18
Vienna, I'm kind of new to this site and been researching the heck out of it for a couple days now and have been speaking to a few people who have given me a lot of great info on their cleft lift experience.

I will likely have to return to work within 4-5 days after I get my cleft lift as my job won't allow me to take much time off :oops: In your experience, do you think it is okay/safe to be fairly active less than a week after such a surgery? I will be running around the entire store doing things, some light lifting, nothing too extreme but still fairly active. What do you think???
 
#19
Vienna, I'm kind of new to this site and been researching the heck out of it for a couple days now and have been speaking to a few people who have given me a lot of great info on their cleft lift experience.

I will likely have to return to work within 4-5 days after I get my cleft lift as my job won't allow me to take much time off :oops: In your experience, do you think it is okay/safe to be fairly active less than a week after such a surgery? I will be running around the entire store doing things, some light lifting, nothing too extreme but still fairly active. What do you think???
If you’re experience was anything like mine, you will be able to be pretty active at about 4-5 days post surgery. Bending over is quite uncomfortable. I still can’t jog but fast walking was no problem. You’ll know to just be careful but I wasn’t limited too much at all. Shoot me any questions you may have and I would be happy to answer! The surgery was the best decision I’ve made, so surprised at how fast the healing process has been!
 
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