GIPS

IndyDad

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Dr Henry Govekar at Rush University Hospital in Chicago did a modified version of pit picking for me last October. No issues whatsoever. Back to work 2 days later. He's done several dozen by now. This is the pit picking that they then laser. There are videos on YouTube about it. The recurrence rate is comparable or better than all the other options and rate of infection is incredibly low because of the laser which ensures the wound tract is clean and free of hairs after. I had to pack mine for about 5-6 weeks after and it was nearly painless and much less invasive than anything other surgeons nearby offered. I searched everywhere for a Dr that did this because this is one of the most promising new treatments that they're using around the world. To my knowledge I was the first he did and couldn't be happier. Worst case I have to have it done years down the road of it comes back. I was twilighted for the operation and do not remember but didn't have to have general anesthesia which is another bonus. Took about 30 minutes from sedative to awake and moving again.

Hope this helps someone. I'll be happy to answer any questions. This forum really helped me when I was looking for options.
 

IndyDad

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Just a few small holes in the cleft. But not even as big as a pencil. No change in the overall appearance of the butt since nothing is removed except a tiny bit of skin at the pit itself. There are YouTube videos of it if you're interested in watching them perform one.
 

Kupokupi

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i see!, i got my first infected abcess about a week ago, do you think it's best to get pit picking first? and not cleft lift, because that was what i was going to get but i felt horrible about the appearance, and i'm pretty sure i don't have a really bad case?
 

IndyDad

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That's all the laser version is is pit picking with a laser added. I did. I wasn't worried so much about appearance as just doing what was easiest first. If it ever came back I'd try again, then if it didn't work I'd go to the cleft lift.
 

Kupokupi

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thank you so much for replying..etc, im gonna get that done then, also feel so lucky to see this post as im in chicago :)
 

Smkk188

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@IndyDad, I met with a surgeon to get the GIPS procedure done. She told me that I would have to go under general anesthesia for the procedure. This is of some concern to me as I can't get anyone to drive me home after, as I live alone and can't ask friends as we are all isolating due to Covid-19. Sounds like you were given a local anesthetic ( Am I right?). I am wondering if I should look for another surgeon who does not use general anesthesia.
 

IndyDad

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I was twilighted. They injected propofol which put me to sleep but didn't use haloflurane to keep me asleep or the paralytic that's generally used in general anesthesia. I was up and moving in a few minutes after but was advised not to drive myself. I didn't but if needed could have. I was young once and have driven back from the city less alert :) For safety I advise you try to find someone to drive you, or get an uber. Are you in Chicago? How far is hospital from you? Feel free to dm if you need anything. Regardless what you get done they'll likely want to do the same for anesthesia. Is there a hotel nearby that you could go to?
 

Smkk188

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Thanks so much for replying,@IndyDad. I live in San Diego. I think I'll probably postpone my surgery or arrange for a cab, I'll definitely not drive myself.
 
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