Don't expect the worst!

#1
Today marks the third week since I had a closed excision for a pilonidal cyst! I'm very excited to be closer to life without dealing with PD.

My boyfriend discovered the cyst last year, but since it wasnt bothering me I ignored it until a month ago. Once it started to hurt & leak I knew it was time to have something done about it.

I'm so thankful that the surgeon recommended to me is such a great one. He's done a really good job. The healing is going smoothly, too. The skin is separated a little bit at the scar, but he assures me that it'll close up soon. It weeps quite a bit, mostly at work, but gauze & good hygiene has been my best friend lately. I'm 100% focused in my health. Going back to work has been a nightmare since my job is super physical, but that should change soon.

I can't wait to get back to my normal activities. I love to ride my bike so it sucks that I haven't been able to in months. :/ I'm hoping to get back on comfortably around January. I'd ride sooner, but I don't want to risk hurting myself & screwing up my body's healing process.

I'll update on here through the weeks & months of my healing. :):wigglebum:
 
#3
Where did you get it done? Did insurance cover it? If not how much was it? Currently in Seattle x
I'm in Washington too! I'm located in Vancouver & got it done down here. I'm so lucky that my insurance covered the entire procedure. I think it would've been around $2,000-ish?
 
#4
I was recommended a cleft lift (first time with this issue, I’m 27) and would much rather have the sinus alone just removed. No cysts anymore, just 2 open pits. Like dime-sized. My wife and I just feel like, again with me being a first-timer/since I’m not in pain, a cleft lift seems very invasive. Like “chopping your finger off for a cut on your finger”. I’m in Washington, near Everett if you’re familiar. I’m thinking about getting a second opinion. Which doc did you see specifically?
 
#7
I was recommended a cleft lift (first time with this issue, I’m 27) and would much rather have the sinus alone just removed. No cysts anymore, just 2 open pits. Like dime-sized. My wife and I just feel like, again with me being a first-timer/since I’m not in pain, a cleft lift seems very invasive. Like “chopping your finger off for a cut on your finger”. I’m in Washington, near Everett if you’re familiar. I’m thinking about getting a second opinion. Which doc did you see specifically?
You might be looking at it in the wrong way. Maybe its more like chopping your finger off for a cut that has gone Gangrene you can try to save the finger at the risk of the life. Ok maybe my comparison is a bit harsh of course getting a cleft lift is not really like cutting off a finger, it has zero impact after its healed.
I see Doll face just posted that 5 weeks out and their wound is still weeping. My daughter had Cleft lift, hasn't had any leakage since about 7 - 10 days out. NEver needed anything other than ibuprofen for the pain, and historically a very very low risk of ever having to deal with this again. She missed a week of school for the operation. For us we were more than glad to have a lift done the first time and hopefully the only time. We went from a pain when sitting to surgery in under a month. she had 1 cyst and one sinus opening. Good luck on what you decide and I hope it goes as well for you as it has for our Daughter.
 
#8
I was recommended a cleft lift (first time with this issue, I’m 27) and would much rather have the sinus alone just removed. No cysts anymore, just 2 open pits. Like dime-sized. My wife and I just feel like, again with me being a first-timer/since I’m not in pain, a cleft lift seems very invasive. Like “chopping your finger off for a cut on your finger”. I’m in Washington, near Everett if you’re familiar. I’m thinking about getting a second opinion. Which doc did you see specifically?
I'm having some weird complications too. :( I kind of wish I just dealt with the cyst itself instead of an excision. I'm new to Washington, so I'm not familiar. I live in Vancouver.
 
#11
IT OPENED UP

Ugh. I went in for a possible infection, but the surgeon found a hole & the rest of the scar was separated at the surface.

He cleaned out the hole, which hurt really bad. Then sealed it with silver nitrate. So now I have to have my work accommodated again & he wants to see me once a week for wound care.

I'm so exhausted mentally & physically. I just wanna cry. I want my life back.
 
#13
I also had a closed excision surgery to remove my cyst, and I also had the sinus open back up about 3 weeks after surgery. I tried letting it heal for a few months, and then about 6 weeks of silver nitrate treatment, but it didn't help. It has now been 6 months since I had the surgery. I'm 34, I'm in good shape, I have a good diet, and I don't have diabetes or any other health issue that would prevent me from healing. I just don't think it's going to heal on its own so I took another step.

I have a cleft-lift surgery scheduled with Dr. Immerman in November. If you could contact Dr. Bascom's office, I would try that. A lot of people here have had the same experience, and a cleft-lift surgery seems to be one of the better solutions. There is a lot of literature out there regarding cleft-lift success stories and recurrence rate studies comparing cleft-lift with open excision and closed excision methods. Give them a read. I would suggest talking with someone who deals with this problem regularly. My surgeon was excellent and I have no complaints, but he's not an expert on this condition. Good luck, and remember that you can get through this. You have a couple hurdles left, but it's not the end of the world and you will have your life back soon.
 
#14
Thank you for your response!

I plan on giving the silver nitrate a shot at least. I'll mention the cleft lift to my surgeon because maybe he does those or could recommend someone closer.

I'm also a very healthy person. Before surgery I would exercise regularly & eat pretty good meals. :( So it really sucks that my body is struggling to heal this. I'll take your advice & stay positive about it.
I also had a closed excision surgery to remove my cyst, and I also had the sinus open back up about 3 weeks after surgery. I tried letting it heal for a few months, and then about 6 weeks of silver nitrate treatment, but it didn't help. It has now been 6 months since I had the surgery. I'm 34, I'm in good shape, I have a good diet, and I don't have diabetes or any other health issue that would prevent me from healing. I just don't think it's going to heal on its own so I took another step.

I have a cleft-lift surgery scheduled with Dr. Immerman in November. If you could contact Dr. Bascom's office, I would try that. A lot of people here have had the same experience, and a cleft-lift surgery seems to be one of the better solutions. There is a lot of literature out there regarding cleft-lift success stories and recurrence rate studies comparing cleft-lift with open excision and closed excision methods. Give them a read. I would suggest talking with someone who deals with this problem regularly. My surgeon was excellent and I have no complaints, but he's not an expert on this condition. Good luck, and remember that you can get through this. You have a couple hurdles left, but it's not the end of the world and you will have your life back soon.
 
#15
Good luck again, and stay positive. I would check out surgeons people in here mention, and ask them how many they perform a year. In my opinion, it's worth travelling and paying a little more to get someone who will do it right so you can move on and get back to normal.
 
#18
I also had a closed excision surgery to remove my cyst, and I also had the sinus open back up about 3 weeks after surgery. I tried letting it heal for a few months, and then about 6 weeks of silver nitrate treatment, but it didn't help. It has now been 6 months since I had the surgery. I'm 34, I'm in good shape, I have a good diet, and I don't have diabetes or any other health issue that would prevent me from healing. I just don't think it's going to heal on its own so I took another step.

I have a cleft-lift surgery scheduled with Dr. Immerman in November. If you could contact Dr. Bascom's office, I would try that. A lot of people here have had the same experience, and a cleft-lift surgery seems to be one of the better solutions. There is a lot of literature out there regarding cleft-lift success stories and recurrence rate studies comparing cleft-lift with open excision and closed excision methods. Give them a read. I would suggest talking with someone who deals with this problem regularly. My surgeon was excellent and I have no complaints, but he's not an expert on this condition. Good luck, and remember that you can get through this. You have a couple hurdles left, but it's not the end of the world and you will have your life back soon.
Quick question. My son is scheduled for surgery with Dr Immerman on December 17th. About how long did it take for your daughter to “get back to normal”. He has a winter session break from college so he will be home for almost 2 months - which is why I thought this was the perfect time.
 
#19
Quick question. My son is scheduled for surgery with Dr Immerman on December 17th. About how long did it take for your daughter to “get back to normal”. He has a winter session break from college so he will be home for almost 2 months - which is why I thought this was the perfect time.
Just asked my daughter, (she had surgery by Dr. I beginning of sept) she said pain post surgery was mostly do to the drain, she had the drain out on day 4 and said easily a few days after that everything was pain free and normal. You have a 6 week restriction on activities that could have you fall on it.

After reading so many stories of other surgeries and recovery times, I am very very very glad we drove to Wisconsin. Good luck
 
#20
I agree that right now the drain is the source of the most pain, though it is not bad. Tomorrow will be day 7 and I should have it removed tomorrow if my drainage levels stay the same.

2 months home should be plenty of time. I'm already walking almost normally, going up stairs normally, and getting in and out of the car no problem.
 
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