Dr. Lambert, DFW Area (McKinney) - My Experience

scstanton

New Member
I thought I’d add my experience to the compendium of stories here. I had my first pilonidal when I was 15. I’m now 35. As a guy with a hairy body and an ample behind, Ive had 5-6 flare ups with lancing over the last 20 years. I am now a week after my first real surgery, which was a cleft lift.

COVID (and furlough) provided me the first opportunity to have surgery and recovery time. I actually intended to do it with Dr. Wadie in Raleigh, but had to move suddenly for work to DFW.

I had my first consult with Dr. Lambert and scheduled my surgery for 10 days later. His office was great and professional all the way. I came in very educated (due to this site and years of pain). He said that pilo patients tend to be the most educated of all, but he gave a great overview anyway. He patiently answered all my questions and made it seem like this was not going to be a huge deal (unlike open wound surgery seems).

His office is above the surgery center where he performs surgery. I arrived at the surgery center at 8AM, was prepped for surgery by 9:30 and was wheeled into the OR at 10:00.

They put those leg compression things to prevent clots and had me wear a gown, etc. The anesthesiologist gave me some dilaudid via IV and then knocked me out. It was great, no issues at all.

The surgery was about an hour, after which I was wheeled into recovery to wake up. I don’t think I said anything funny, but who knows?

Pain was not bad at all, though movement is really difficult at first. They wheeled me down to my wife’s van, and I laid down in my stomach for the ride home. Aside from using my arm to stabilize, the ride was fine. Still pretty drugged so that helped.

It was hard to pee at first but things worked out by that same evening.

The first few days were rough for me, because I couldn’t get comfortable. I had a lot of hip pain from laying on my side and neck pain from laying on my stomach. Woke up several times each night.

Lots of constipation from the pain meds (Ibuprofen, Tylenol and Tramadol). Stool softener made it possible to have a BM on day 3 post-op. It was difficult but not terrible. I was more worried about it that I needed to be. I stopped taking Tramadol on day 4 which helped.

Wound care has been interesting, but easy. My wife changes the gauze twice a day on the drains. You don’t do any measuring, etc. I can’t shower until the drains come out (10 days after surgery) so lots of spot cleaning, including around the drain but not the incision.

Mobility is easier every day. I can sit (with a pillow) for an hour at a time. Walking is easy, no pain. I’m down to just two doses of Tylenol and Ibuprofen (no more tramadol) per day and am able to sleep through the night.

I tried driving on day 6 down the street. It was not fun, and it became painful pretty quick. I’ll probably wait longer to try again.

Overall things are going well so far. I would do it over again if I had the chance. Dr. Lambert and his team are great.

As far as cost goes, I’m on BCBS PPO with 4K deductible. I had not met it at all, so the surgery center (which bills apart from Dr. Lambert and the anesthesiologist) required about $3k upfront the day of the surgery. I haven’t received any bills from Dr. Lambert or the anesthesiologist yet, but I’m expecting 2-3k more, which will hopefully be covered mostly by insurance.

Long story short, things are good, I recommend Dr. Lambert and hope this is helpful.

I will follow up again after the drain is removed for more information!
 

scstanton

New Member
I forgot to mention that I had to get a COVID test 3 days before surgery. It came back negative the morning of the surgery. I had to stay totally quarantined during that 3 day period. Had it come back positive I probably wouldn’t have been able to have the surgery.
 

scstanton

New Member
Had my drain out yesterday. It was probably a total of 20 minutes from check in to walking out. Took vitals, Dr. Lambert checked things out, and removed the drain.

I barely felt it get removed. It was so quick and painless. He said I still cannot win or lift heavy stuff for awhile, but that I could shower finally. Ten days without a proper shower... yikes.

There is a lot less pain overall after the drain was removed and I feel like I’m almost normal (though sitting for longer than an hour or two is still tough.

I have another follow up in 3 weeks. So far, so good!
 

ds822

New Member
Had my drain out yesterday. It was probably a total of 20 minutes from check in to walking out. Took vitals, Dr. Lambert checked things out, and removed the drain.

I barely felt it get removed. It was so quick and painless. He said I still cannot win or lift heavy stuff for awhile, but that I could shower finally. Ten days without a proper shower... yikes.

There is a lot less pain overall after the drain was removed and I feel like I’m almost normal (though sitting for longer than an hour or two is still tough.

I have another follow up in 3 weeks. So far, so good!
How has it been so far? Are you back to normal? I am planning to do the surgery under DR Lambert too.
 
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