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Lucix3you

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I called a ton of doctors and none were familiar with the cleft lift... I was starting to think that all the things I was reading about on the internet were wrong! lol

I had more pain after the lancing's then I did after the surgery!

Wish you the best and good luck!!:wigglebum::)
 

Angie X

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Hi Cathy! I am trying to schedule an appointment with Dr. Uecker in a couple weeks. Just making sure, that he did perform a cleft lift, because
Lucix3you said that he was unfamiliar with these! Also, what was your recovery time like? Are you still okay? Thank you so much!
 

DocSearchInJax

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GREAT NEWS TO ALL FLORIDIANS NEAR THE TAMPA AREA

I found a surgeon who is both aware of and practiced with Bascom techniques, and is an all around great man, and great surgeon. From Monday's consultation, and Friday's surgery, he was extremely intelligent and willing to work with me. He was overly pleased that I came to our consultation fully prepared and knowledgeable. I would recommend him 100x over to anyone near the area, and would greatly appreciate him being added to the list this site has for practicing doctors who know the Cleft Lift and Pit Picking procedures and are utilizing them.

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


Do you have any follow up information on your surgery? I am searching for a doctor in the North Florida area and I have heard a couple users in this forum mention this Dr but no one has posted a follow up...
 

Kymasabe

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Pinellas Park/Clearwater, FL surgeon

The surgeon I went to and continued visiting for my post surgery check ups:

Michael E. Nerney, MD
(727) 584-7706
Diagnostic Clinic (Main Office)
1551 West Bay Drive
Largo, FL 33770

Very good guy, answered any and all questions I had before and after. He performed my first surgery and to my surprise I wasn't nervous at all.
What kind of surgery did you have? Open? Closed? Cleft lift? Heal/Recovery time?
 

GeoffreyFL

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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
I made a consultation appointment with Dr. McAllister for Monday (July 10th) afternoon. Here's hoping he's able to help because I've had awful luck finding someone knowledgeable about PCs. A surgery that puts me out of commission for months is not an option.
 

scubaGG

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I made a consultation appointment with Dr. McAllister for Monday (July 10th) afternoon. Here's hoping he's able to help because I've had awful luck finding someone knowledgeable about PCs. A surgery that puts me out of commission for months is not an option.
I want to make an appointment with Dr.McAllister and was wondering first how your appointment went. Did you have surgery?
 

GeoffreyFL

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I want to make an appointment with Dr.McAllister and was wondering first how your appointment went. Did you have surgery?
Hi, yes, I did have surgery with McCallister on August 10th (so one month after my consultation). He could have done it earlier, but I put off scheduling.

He's a great surgeon and knows what he's doing. He's busy and not the most talkative or most available, appointments were always rushed but I got the info I needed and he was efficient. Surgery itself went fine - it was cleft lift, closed incision, with a drain. Completely out the whole time with general anesthesia. First week post-op was the worst, the drain hurt and was the sorest spot, kept me from sitting down. Was basically on bed rest, though towards the end of the week I was up and moving around and could sit in very specific positions for a few minutes.

After week 1, he removed the drain (it ended up being clogged under the skin so there was a lot to drain out in the office but nothing major). I actually saw the doctor he shares an office with for this appointment, as McCallister was out of town. He was fine too. My 2 week post-op appointment was when McCallister removed the stitches and after that I felt little to no pain or soreness. I returned to work and classes 10 days post-op, so between weeks 1 and 2.

Right now, at the 6 week mark, there's some bleeding at the bottom of the wound (it's opened a little) but nothing major and it's so much better than having the cyst honestly. Definitley worth having the surgery and I highly recommending see Dr. McCallister.
 

scubaGG

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Thank you so much for your reply! I have made an appointment with Dr. McAllister for next week. Did he mention anything about Pit Picking?
 

scubaGG

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Hi, yes, I did have surgery with McCallister on August 10th (so one month after my consultation). He could have done it earlier, but I put off scheduling.

He's a great surgeon and knows what he's doing. He's busy and not the most talkative or most available, appointments were always rushed but I got the info I needed and he was efficient. Surgery itself went fine - it was cleft lift, closed incision, with a drain. Completely out the whole time with general anesthesia. First week post-op was the worst, the drain hurt and was the sorest spot, kept me from sitting down. Was basically on bed rest, though towards the end of the week I was up and moving around and could sit in very specific positions for a few minutes.

After week 1, he removed the drain (it ended up being clogged under the skin so there was a lot to drain out in the office but nothing major). I actually saw the doctor he shares an office with for this appointment, as McCallister was out of town. He was fine too. My 2 week post-op appointment was when McCallister removed the stitches and after that I felt little to no pain or soreness. I returned to work and classes 10 days post-op, so between weeks 1 and 2.

Right now, at the 6 week mark, there's some bleeding at the bottom of the wound (it's opened a little) but nothing major and it's so much better than having the cyst honestly. Definitley worth having the surgery and I highly recommending see Dr. McCallister.

Thank you so much for your reply! I have made an appointment with Dr. McAllister for next week. Did he mention anything about Pit Picking?
 

Connie777

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I have a new surgeon to add to the list of surgeons who perform the cleft lift!
FINALLY, a cleft-lift surgeon in southwest Florida!



Scott B. Stevens, MD, FACS
Intercoastal Medical Group

(941) 341-0042

Specialties:
General Surgery

Cattleridge Medical Building
3333 Cattlemen Road
Sarasota, Florida 34232
 

Cory1

New Member
Thank you so much for your reply! I have made an appointment with Dr. McAllister for next week. Did he mention anything about Pit Picking?
Hello ScubaGG,

Wondering how your appointment went?

I have an appointment with Dr. McAllister next week, but read somewhere that he does not do cleft lifts. I have also read he does.

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!
 

scubaGG

New Member
Hello ScubaGG,

Wondering how your appointment went?

I have an appointment with Dr. McAllister next week, but read somewhere that he does not do cleft lifts. I have also read he does.

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!
Hello,
The appointment went ok. He actually didn’t say anything about a cleft lift or pit picking. He was kind of confused why I traveled so far to see him because as he put it “it’s a very basic procedure “ After leaving his office I decided to stay with another doctor (Dr.Shapiro) I saw before McAllister. I have not scheduled my surgery yet but Dr. Shapiro named the cleft lift and told me step by step how to care for it post operation. He seemed very knowledgeable about pilonidal. Hope that helps!
 

Cory1

New Member
I very much appreciate the reply!!

It's very frustrating trying to find a surgeon who performs cleft lift even remotely close. It's concerning he described it as basic.

It's odd because a few people have stated he does cleft lift (and he's on the list) but I have also read a few comments stating he doesn't do the cleft lift. I had high hopes that he did.

Thanks!
 

Cory1

New Member
Hey Angie X,

Just curious how your appointment with Dr. Shapiro went?

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks!!
 

Butt Pain

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I very much appreciate the reply!!

It's very frustrating trying to find a surgeon who performs cleft lift even remotely close. It's concerning he described it as basic.

It's odd because a few people have stated he does cleft lift (and he's on the list) but I have also read a few comments stating he doesn't do the cleft lift. I had high hopes that he did.

Thanks!
Hey! I was wondering if you went through with surgery? If so, how did it go?
 

Cory1

New Member
Hey! I actually have my cleft lift scheduled with Dr. Immerman in Wisconsin on March 2nd. Decided it was worth the trip from Florida to get it done correctly the first time. Looking forward to getting this over with!
 

Butt Pain

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For anyone living in the Orlando, Tampa, or Ft. Myers areas, I HIGHLY recommend paying a visit to Dr. Earl McAllister in Tampa. He has an extensive history in helping individuals who have pilonidal disease. He knows how to perform the cleft lift procedure, pit-picking, and a modified flap procedure.

He's also a pretty positive guy who gets you in-and-out in a quick and professional manner.

Also, the front desk staff probably won't know what a "cleft lift" is if you bring up with them on the phone. Dr. McAllister is a general surgeon who performs surgeries on all parts of the body, so the front desk staff probably won't specifically know about pilonidal issues. But I just wanted to make it clear that he DOES know how to do it. You just have to see him in-person and discuss it with him.
 
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Cory1

New Member
Hello,

That's great news!!

Unfortunately, I wasn't interested in any modified procedures, only the cleft lift.

I had my surgery yesterday with Dr. Immerman in Wisconsin and all his staff along with the hospital staff were very educated on pilonidal cleft lifts. From the very first phone call, his staff was knowledegable about the issue. The trip to Wisconsin was more than worth it and I can't recommend Dr. Immerman enough.


I hope that Dr. Mcallister works out for you!

-Cory
 
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