Florida Surgeons

ALEXANDER

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hi greg1. i tried to get an appointment with dr. steven wexner at the cleveland clinic weston florida about six weeks ago but he was unavailable. since my son needed immediate attention (had already had first lancing done by ER physician and needed another lancing), dr. david maron also at cleveland clinic weston was available and we saw him. today we are going back for the fourth time for a fouth lancing. i am wondering if you were happy with dr. wexner and the advice he gave you. i think my son should get a second opinion but don't think it should be another doctor in the same office. however, dr. wexner does come highly recommended. just wondering what your thoughts are. thanx.
 

toolguy302

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Tampa Bay and Central Florida

I went with Dr. McAllister for my Cleft Lift surgery a little over 1 year ago "May 9th 2010 to be exact" and praise the Lord to this day all is Great !!! If anyone is in the Tampa/Central Florida area I highly recomend him. He's very knowledgable and caring about the whole situation.

Dr. Earl McAllister, MD
General Surgeon - Tampa, Florida
13801 Bruce B Downs Blvd
Tampa, FL 33613
(813) 977-2200

Thanks Pilonidal.org !! Without your surgeon list I would've never found him.

Joe
 

Fear of pain

New Member
Any updates on your searches? I live in the Orlando area as well and would love to hear what you guys have found. Thanks!

I found a great surgeon in Orlando her name is Dr. Harmon her firm name is Surgical Specialist of florida hospital, you should give them a call they were really helpful with the problem I been having regarding my pilonidal cyst. Here is the link for their website. http://www.surgicalspecialistsfh.com/
 

Estrella

New Member
For my first post :
I would like to recommend Dr. M at Palm Harbor Pediatrics Urgent Care 36458 U.S. 19, Palm Harbor, FL 34683 (727) 787-5439

Dr. Maramara is an incredible doctor and person. I actually had a pilonidal cyst treated, drained and healed here back in 2007 in peak of my senior year of High School. I'm 22 now and I cannot express my gratitude for having him as my care taker. He made me feel comfortable with the whole process, I was in excruciating pain when I met him! :( He made arrangements to come in early, on a Saturday! to treat and drain my cyst. I will never forget him. I'll always recommend him.:cheer:
 

Michael Smith

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Central Florida

I was very lucky to find a surgeon who could do the conservative technique.
If he wasn't going to do that, he was going to do the excision with open healing, he doesn't like to do the closed. I
I'm very happy with how everything went and turned out. :)

I had my surgery with Dr. Gallagher this Tuesday. It could not have gone better. Because of my previous multiple surgeries he removed the pits and now I have an open area. It will not be to difficult to manager as both me and my wife are RN's. Ironically the pain with an open wound is markedly less than with an excision with primary closure. I will update more as time passes.

Colon and Rectal Clinic of Orlando

Joseph T. Gallagher, M.D., FACS., FASCRS
 

benjam

New Member
Tampa Bay and Central Florida

I went with Dr. McAllister for my Cleft Lift surgery a little over 1 year ago "May 9th 2010 to be exact" and praise the Lord to this day all is Great !!! If anyone is in the Tampa/Central Florida area I highly recomend him. He's very knowledgable and caring about the whole situation.

Dr. Earl McAllister, MD
General Surgeon - Tampa, Florida
13801 Bruce B Downs Blvd
Tampa, FL 33613
(813) 977-2200

Thanks Pilonidal.org !! Without your surgeon list I would've never found him.

Joe


Hey toolguy302, I tried to find a way to message you but could not, so I'm just replying here. I have set up an appointment with Dr. McAllister based off your recommendation, as I'm having trouble finding a doctor who knows about pilonidal cysts in the Tampa area. You say he is familiar with Bascom's cleft lift and pit-picking procedures? I was wondering if you mentioned those by name or did he? Apparently some doctors hear the term cleft lift and confuse it with some sort of closed excision surgery, are you certain what you got was a cleft lift?
Also, I think in another post you mention he sort of brushed off pit-picking... did it seem like he just disregarded it or do you think he may not of known what that was? He seems like a great doctor but if you had any more information on him I'd appreciate it.
 

toolguy302

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Hey toolguy302, I tried to find a way to message you but could not, so I'm just replying here. I have set up an appointment with Dr. McAllister based off your recommendation, as I'm having trouble finding a doctor who knows about pilonidal cysts in the Tampa area. You say he is familiar with Bascom's cleft lift and pit-picking procedures? I was wondering if you mentioned those by name or did he? Apparently some doctors hear the term cleft lift and confuse it with some sort of closed excision surgery, are you certain what you got was a cleft lift?
Also, I think in another post you mention he sort of brushed off pit-picking... did it seem like he just disregarded it or do you think he may not of known what that was? He seems like a great doctor but if you had any more information on him I'd appreciate it.
Hi benjam,
It's hard to recall exactly now since it's been so long but I'm certain he did the right thing whether I mentioned cleft lift or he did. He did reshape my cleft. My scar goes up and to the left. He didn't just remove flesh or cut open, scrap and sow me back up. You're right he didn't seem to think pit picking was a big deal.
Thanks
 

Connie777

Very Helpful
My son had the cleft lift surgery done by Dr. Subhash Puranik. He is in the Ft. Lauderdale area. He did a wonderful job, was very patient and kind, and took the time to answer all my (many!) questions! He was also very accommodating due to the fact that we had to travel several hours to get to his office. Everyone in the office was helpful and friendly, and they went out of their way to accommodate our scheduling problems. My son's recovery was amazingly fast and about as low-pain as any surgery could be! I was a little worried at first, but he did a great job, and I would highly recommend him to anyone!
 

Chris M

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My son had the cleft lift surgery done by Dr. Subhash Puranik. He is in the Ft. Lauderdale area. He did a wonderful job, was very patient and kind, and took the time to answer all my (many!) questions! He was also very accommodating due to the fact that we had to travel several hours to get to his office. Everyone in the office was helpful and friendly, and they went out of their way to accommodate our scheduling problems. My son's recovery was amazingly fast and about as low-pain as any surgery could be! I was a little worried at first, but he did a great job, and I would highly recommend him to anyone!
I live close to Jacksonville and was wondering if the surgeon you spoke highly of in Tallahassee was Dr. Rozenburg? Did you have any experiences with anyone else in the Tampa to Orlando area? I am trying to avoid open excision and go right to the cleft lift, but I am having trouble finding a doctor within 2-3 hours of me. Any help would be appreciated.
 

Connie777

Very Helpful
I thought Dr. Rosenberg in Tallahassee sounded very competent. I think I heard someone on here saying they had a problem with him, but he did sound to me like he knew what he was doing. I don't know about anyone in Central Florida, I'm sorry! i DO highly recommend Dt. Puranik in Plantation (Ft. Lauderdale) but I know that's a long way for you. Tally is definitely closer. You could call him and discuss it with him. I made an online request and he personally called me and talked with me about it. That alone impressed me!
 

Cathy C

New Member
Dr. Jeffrey C. Uecker, (plastic surgeon)
he did the cleft lift on me and was great this was my second surgery! my first experience was horrible (Dr. Jeffrey Snow, colon rectal) please stay away from him he made my life miserable! and Dr. Uecker fixed me!
here is his info
3449 Johnson St
Hollywood, FL 33021
(954) 964-4113 (Office)
(954) 963-8121 (Fax)

amazing doctor and amazing staff! he is affiliated with memorial! hope this helps!


 

7milerichard

New Member
Hi Cathy,
Thanks for the above info. I am about to go get a second opinion - I had surgery 3 months ago and don't think its right, but my surgeon keep s promising me it fine - without any investigation or listening.
Can you please tell me how you condition has improved (or not) after surgery with Dr Uecker? And just your general experience?
Thank you so much!
Richard
 

Lucix3you

New Member
Please tell me about your experience with Dr.Snow
I am having a flare up and I'm scheduled to see him Dec.10
I would love if you could tell me more about him and why ueker was better


I'm terrified of having this done






Dr. Jeffrey C. Uecker, (plastic surgeon)
he did the cleft lift on me and was great this was my second surgery! my first experience was horrible (Dr. Jeffrey Snow, colon rectal) please stay away from him he made my life miserable! and Dr. Uecker fixed me!
here is his info
3449 Johnson St
Hollywood, FL 33021
(954) 964-4113 (Office)
(954) 963-8121 (Fax)

amazing doctor and amazing staff! he is affiliated with memorial! hope this helps!

 

7milerichard

New Member
Hi all.

I had quite a complex surgery with Dr Uecker on the 28th of October. Less than one month ago, and I am almost healed up.
This was my 3rd surgery for the same thing (from different surgeons) - and it seems like Dr Uecker and his team have done it correctly.
My previous surgery was with both Dr Grossman (father and son) in Aventura - and their follow up was very weak when it came to actually checking that the job was done. When I said I was in pain and I believed it was re-infected they just told me it would get better. Virtually just looking at the scar and telling me it was great, not even acknowledging what was going on deep underneath. (Pain/swelling/tenderness/burning/etc was not acknowledged)
Eventually I cancelled my follow ups because they really didnt care about what I was saying, and I went to Dr Uecker who is a plastic surgeon. When they (Dr Grossmans) had told me I was fine, the next day Dr Uecker told me I would be in surgery next week - ASAP. Two different worlds.

The main reason I have faith in him, and even if it re-occurs, is the relationship, understanding and explanation given to my individual situation. He knows that these things are tough and admits that they can reoccur, but so far I am 95% healed.
He, and the nurses, are happy to explain whats going on back there, get technical, and give honesty (instead of just a pat on the back and saying "you'll be fine.")

The surgery itself took out a lot from my middle section in a vertical direction and from that long incision they tracked the cyst all the way across my right cheek. He inserted a drain into the right of my cheek which really alleviated the swelling and that stayed in for 5 days - although uncomfortable it was very effective. The surgery was done at Memorial Hospital in Hollywood, FL. The original pit that the two previous surgeons didn't close up successfully seems to be gone too.

I have had liquid build up twice since then which he has drained via a syringe - usually this seemed to build up after too much activity or driving. But after syringing about 25mls of blood, the swelling goes down.

I hope this gives some insight to what I went through and what kind of character Dr Uecker is. Like I said, even if it comes back I would go see him again.
 

Lucix3you

New Member
I hope my post will help others. I've had mine lanced 3 times within the last 3 years. I was referee to Dr.Snow but after many many many reviews I decided to go else where. After reading about Dr uecker, I scheduled and appointment with him, had the consultation where I asked if he was familiar with the cleft lift and he wasn't...he thought I was talking about a cleft lip.... Being that I wanted to get this out of the way so badly I agreed to get the surgery with him anyway and was scheduled for surgery a week or so after. I wasn't given any pre- or post operation instructions. I'm not gonna get into all the details but I ended up at the hospital ready to be sliced but I had eaten a piece of bread ( maybe I should have known not to eat anything before a surgery..but I was not aware...it's my first surgery ever) it's safe to say that I didn't get the surgery done that day.
I can't tell you guys enough how happy I was that I didn't go through the surgery with him. I continued to look for other doctors and found Dr Shapiro in west Palm beach. Its about an hour away from me but so worth it! Knows all about pilos and takes his time explaining and answering questions. I feel so much more confident about getting this done now.
Please take your time looking for surgeons and don't just take anyone's opinion. I know I'll never make that mistake again.
I'm scheduled for surgery in February. I may or may not post all about it then.

I mostly just wanted to clarify that Dr uecker isn't really familiar with the cleft lift at all... He just has his own method of dealing with the cyst. And if your ok with something other than the cleft...then yes I guess you could go to him.
 

Lucix3you

New Member
UPDATE

I got my cleft lift procedure done on March 2, 2016 with Dr. Shapiro in West Palm Beach, FL.

I cant tell you much about the procedure because I was put under general anesthesia and don't remember anything except the moment right before going to sleep and waking up.
Once I woke up, the nurse asked me how I was feeling and I said I had a little bit of pain ( I was totally out of it too, I felt like I took the best nap of my life) he gave me some medication and waited for me to feel better before I could leave ( I took a while to leave the hospital because I got really nauseous and felt like I wanted to throw up, so I ended up taking a little nap and then got cleared to go home)
I waited 2 days before taking a shower and removing the gauze as per my instructions. Once I took the gauze off I was so scared to look at the incision because I thought I was going to be deformed but once I got over it, it really wasn't all that bad... The look of the stitches was what freaked me out the most. I think my incision was about 6-7 inches long? and I had a drain that needed to be moved around twice a day.
I had my wonderful boyfriend help me throughout the whole healing process. * I believe he deserves an award for putting up with me*
He cleaned and dressed the wound twice a day as per my instructions and then had my first appointment a week after surgery. Everything was going great... everything except the major constipation that the anesthesia caused!
I couldn't use the bathroom for days and even when I thought I could, the pain was unbearable.
Please talk to your surgeons about this issue or just be aware of it in general so that you could take a laxative once you are home or whatever.... just don't go into it blindly like I did! I promise you... this was the worst part of the surgery and it had nothing to do with the PILO :|

This post could be really long but ill cut it short. I had great results. The healing went perfectly and I returned to work about 3 weeks later.
If you have any questions feel free to ask me.

Also,
If anyone has gotten laser hair removal I would love to know more about it..... im considering getting it done but don't know what to expect.

DR. Shapiro was the best and I highly recommend him for anything in the south fla area!
 

Reily96

New Member
Would you mind telling me a bit more about Dr. Shapiro? I'm in the S. Florida area and am looking for surgeons, but Shapiro is a common name down here. :eek: I would love to hear more since it sounds like you had a great experience - well, as much of a good experience as surgery can be.
 

Lucix3you

New Member
Hi! Glad you found my post
His name is andrew Shapiro and he is in west palm beach.
His phone number is
(561) 333-1335

He knew all about pilos, is familiar with this site, he explains and answers all questions you may have. He's great...
I couldn't have asked for a better surgeon. If I had to do it over....which let's all hope i don't ever have to lol...I would do it with him

Did you have any specific questions you wanted me to answer?

You should call a few places and go have your consultation.
If you're on this site and reading all about pilos you're gonna know right away if the dr is the one.
 

Reily96

New Member
Hi! Glad you found my post
His name is andrew Shapiro and he is in west palm beach.
His phone number is
(561) 333-1335

He knew all about pilos, is familiar with this site, he explains and answers all questions you may have. He's great...
I couldn't have asked for a better surgeon. If I had to do it over....which let's all hope i don't ever have to lol...I would do it with him

Did you have any specific questions you wanted me to answer?

You should call a few places and go have your consultation.
If you're on this site and reading all about pilos you're gonna know right away if the dr is the one.
Thank you! That's good to hear! I've been worried I'd have to drive up to Orlando or Tampa in order to get surgery, so I'm taking the names of any doctors who have experience with the procedure. My dad actually knows a person who had the cleft lift done, so we're asking him about his surgeon, but so far I've been getting weird results? The guy had his procedure done down here in Miami, but Im getting results for a doctor in Rhode Island? After looking up Shapiro, I see he's got a really good reputation. And that's definitely a helluva recommendation - but I hope it doesn't happen to you again, definitely! I'm going to keep looking around, of course, but I'm finding it difficult to find doctors with cleft lift experience.

As for any specific questions... I'm really not sure what to ask that hasn't been answered, but I've also never had any sort of surgery before either, my first lancing was the only procedure in which I'd been cut open in any form.
 
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