Cleft Lift- 11/21 Dr. Immerman

Nikolas

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One Month Post-Surgery:

At a bit of a loss for words. As someone who went through the nightmare that is an open excision surgery and all the associated setbacks and delays in healing, the last month has been incredible. I can sit, stand, walk, (run even though I shouldn't just yet), other physical activities like normal. Most notably driving a car- I used to have to move around and reposition myself constantly because of the open wound scarring, wound re-openings, etc. I drove for four hours yesterday and just sat still- crazy to me. Nothing to note about the incision itself- it looks good, it feels good. The very bottom did have a little bit of spotting coming from it (very minor, could hardly see anything on the gauze) but it has since healed up. I took the recommendation of others and clean the incision with hibiclens in the shower everyday. Change out the gauze tucked down south probably 3 times a day. Even from week 2 to now the improvement has been dramatic. Very very pleased with the results. Also- my open excision had left me with a bizarre wide scar that looked like a divot at the top of my butt- this cleft lift surgery removed that so I think the scenery looks better back there now lol.

Cost- finally got my bill for everything and it cost me $7200. Again I have a high deductible, Dr. Immerman and Sacred Heart Hospital were IN-network thankfully. To me you can't put a price on being healthy and free of all things pilonidal. Happy Holidays to all!
 

Nikolas

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3.5 Months Post-Surgery:

No issues whatsoever! I can drive for any distance, fly, run, walk, lift with zero pain or irritation. I'm in the gym 5x a week with zero restrictions. The operation by Dr. I has been life changing. With that being said- I personally could care less what the incision scar looks like because it eliminated such a painful and life-hindering issue that I once had. Over time I am sure the scar will fade in color and won't be quite as noticeable, but as of now- you can 100% tell I had a major surgery back there. BUT, I honestly forget I even have it. I highly recommend the cleft lift, and specifically Dr. Immerman and his staff. Cheers!
 

Nikolas

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6 months post-surgery- feeling phenomenal! Feels great to be living a normal life. Like others have said- you can still tell I had major cleft lift surgery but the scar is beginning to fade some which is cool. Hope you are all staying healthy and doing well. Hang in there!
 

Angela30

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Nikolas I had read your story and was wondering if you could let me know how you healed up? I just had the cleft lift done 10 days ago with Dr. Immerman and he removed the bottom steri strip due to it being wet from discharge. After the plane ride home, there has been more significantly more blood on my gauze. I flew home 2 days ago. This morning there was still blood on.the gauze. Dr. Immerman did tell me there would be discharge and some blood up to 8 weeks after surgery. The sight of the blood every day is freaking me out and making me think something is wrong.

How long did it take for you to stop having blood on the tucked in gauze? Dr I ordered me a special antibiotic cream thet I will get delivered to my home. He said that will be like extra protection.
 

Nikolas

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Nikolas I had read your story and was wondering if you could let me know how you healed up? I just had the cleft lift done 10 days ago with Dr. Immerman and he removed the bottom steri strip due to it being wet from discharge. After the plane ride home, there has been more significantly more blood on my gauze. I flew home 2 days ago. This morning there was still blood on.the gauze. Dr. Immerman did tell me there would be discharge and some blood up to 8 weeks after surgery. The sight of the blood every day is freaking me out and making me think something is wrong.

How long did it take for you to stop having blood on the tucked in gauze? Dr I ordered me a special antibiotic cream thet I will get delivered to my home. He said that will be like extra protection.
Hey! Sorry for the late response- busy days! I had minimal blood/drainage on the gauze for the first week or so post surgery- then I overdid it a bit moving some stuff around the house after week 1 and the blood increased on the gauze a decent bit. That lasted roughly a week, then it slowly decreased until there was no more drainage at all on that gauze at about week 3. When the drainage increased, I began washing my incision with hibiclens in the shower every single day, then applying a vitamin A serum on the incision. This certainly helped. I still wore the gauze tucked up there for probably 2 months (not necessary- more of a mental thing on my end). Have had absolutely zero problems since! Congrats on getting it done. I live a normal life now- I run, lift, bike, can sit anywhere on any surface for any length of time. It has been exactly 7 months since I had the operation- Dr. I is incredible. Reach out if you have any more questions!
 

Angela30

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Hi thank you so much for taking the time to reply. I am at 4 weeks post op today and at around the 3 week mark is when I really started to feel better. I can sit for hours and the wound not bother me. Still have some drainage on the gauze but its beige/light brown colored. Depending on my activity level, it may increase but its alot less than it caused to be. Dr I is amazing with responding to questions. I sent him photos this morning and he said it looks good and to keep putting gauze until there is no more drainage left.

Sorry when I originally posted asking you questions, I was a bit on panic mode with the drainage. But its definitely has improved and he has told me it could take up to 8 weeks to stop.
 

Nikolas

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1 Year Post-Surgery (+ a couple days)

Just wanted to throw an update on here for anyone curious about the cleft-lift recovery. It's been a year since I had my operation done by Dr. Immerman- incredible. I have had absolutely zero issues whatsoever over the past year- no pain (not even any phantom pain) at all. I run, lift, lay on my back, roll against my tailbone, drive for hours upon hours all with zero issues. As I've mentioned in the past- I do have a pretty significant scar. You can absolutely tell I had a complex surgery done. The scar has certainly faded from what it was the first few months post-op, but it is there and will always be. Frankly, I was glad to trade a life of misery and flare-ups/pain for a scar and a story. If you're on the fence about the cleft lift it is understandable, especially if you've never had any type of pilonidal operation. Surround yourself with a strong support system (my fiance at the time, now my wife) was an absolute rockstar through the entire process for me. Getting a cleft-lift is the closest thing to a 100% cure for this disease. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions at all about my experience! Happy Holidays to all
 
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