Cleft lift problem

#1
Newbie here

I had cleft lift surgery with Dr. Caplan on 1/11/18, no drain was placed as he said I didn’t need it.

Fast forward 8 days and a small infection has brewed and opened the lower part of the incision. Placed on Bactrim and wet to dry dressing changes 2x/day and follow up in a week. He’s confident it will heal within 2 weeks. I’m a pessimist and tend to look at the worst possible scenario.

Disheartened after seeing so many great post cleft lift stories. Any advice to speed healing? Or am I looking at further surgery?
 
#2
Hi Hopeful88.

I'm interested to hear other's responses, but here's some thoughts:

1) Everyone's case is a little different, so if you don't get advice that totally matches what you're looking for, don't get too disheartened. Just because someone had a complication-free recovery doesn't mean you won't recover just fine.

2) I recall reading others who had this issue and recovered fine, but don't remember their names. Try using the search function, I bet you can find them.

3) Are you packing it or just putting a dressing on top? Is it just on the cheek or is it in the midline?

4) Text him photos if you think something has changed or are concerned.

5) I'm a big worrier and it's easy for me to get carried away. It's tough to follow, but my advice is let the week play out while following medical instructions but don't pressure yourself too much. Find something fun to keep your mind off of it!

Newbie here

I had cleft lift surgery with Dr. Caplan on 1/11/18, no drain was placed as he said I didn’t need it.

Fast forward 8 days and a small infection has brewed and opened the lower part of the incision. Placed on Bactrim and wet to dry dressing changes 2x/day and follow up in a week. He’s confident it will heal within 2 weeks. I’m a pessimist and tend to look at the worst possible scenario.

Disheartened after seeing so many great post cleft lift stories. Any advice to speed healing? Or am I looking at further surgery?
 
#3
Hi Hopeful88.

I'm interested to hear other's responses, but here's some thoughts:

1) Everyone's case is a little different, so if you don't get advice that totally matches what you're looking for, don't get too disheartened. Just because someone had a complication-free recovery doesn't mean you won't recover just fine.

2) I recall reading others who had this issue and recovered fine, but don't remember their names. Try using the search function, I bet you can find them.

3) Are you packing it or just putting a dressing on top? Is it just on the cheek or is it in the midline?

4) Text him photos if you think something has changed or are concerned.

5) I'm a big worrier and it's easy for me to get carried away. It's tough to follow, but my advice is let the week play out while following medical instructions but don't pressure yourself too much. Find something fun to keep your mind off of it!
Thank you for replying :)

I’ve told myself what you’ve said in # 1 many times, I guess it’s nicer to hear it from someone else ;) haha

It’s about an inch opening on the left cheek, thankfully not the midline! If there is a plus in all this? I’m to try and get as much gauze as I can in it.

This week will tough, for sure but I will def find something to take my mind off it. Creating an aura of healing thoughts! Lol
 
#4
I have a hard time following #1 myself

That's great it's not in the midline! Sending good thoughts your way. Let us know how it all works out.

Thank you for replying :)

I’ve told myself what you’ve said in # 1 many times, I guess it’s nicer to hear it from someone else ;) haha

It’s about an inch opening on the left cheek, thankfully not the midline! If there is a plus in all this? I’m to try and get as much gauze as I can in it.

This week will tough, for sure but I will def find something to take my mind off it. Creating an aura of healing thoughts! Lol
 
#5
Well in my opinion, this doesn't seem to be a huge concern. I can understand that it's your body though and even the little things can seem scary. Infections are common after any surgery, including cleft lifts. If treated properly it shouldn't have a huge effect in your healing process. Just do what the doctor says and watch the area closely. No surgery is perfect, hiccups happen you just have to power through them. Don't even worry about needing more surgery you are nowhere near that. I received a cleft lift and ran into a few problems too but nothing too major. You just have to keep your head up. Try to stay positive, and good luck.
 
#6
My son had a cleft lift with Dr. Sternberg on 9/12/17 and is completely healed now. It was his final surgery after 4 failed excision surgeries. I had been his primary caregiver through all of his surgeries and we both feared infection. I think everyone does who has suffered with pilonidal disease. I would follow your surgeon's advice and, as someone else advised, text the surgeon photos or call with any concerns that you have. You are only 2 1/2 weeks out and it will take a little longer to be completely healed. I kept a photo journal with notes of my son which I can refer to if you have any questions about his progress. If you are not completely healed by 6 weeks, I would send Sternberg or Bascom photos and ask for their opinion. Take care of yourself, you will be healed!
 
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