How painful is open wound recovery?

DaniE77

New Member
My name is Dani and I’m having the surgery on Monday. My pain tolerance is very low and I’m extremely scared about the pain. In fact, I graduated high school yesterday and I’m going to college abroad in 2 months and I couldn’t care less about those things because I’ve been depressed due to the initial pain of the pilonidal cyst and the pain that is about to come after surgery (basically 2 months of depression all because of this cyst).

Anyways, I’ve tried to get my dad to ask the doctor to prescribe me very strong painkillers but he (my dad) couldn’t care less. So, now all I’ve got left is to wonder how much pain I have to endure.

I assume removing gauze packing is the most painful part. Is it less painful than the actual pilonidal cyst at its pain-peak or is it more painful? Will I be able to poop normally or no? Can the pain become bearable with medication? Assuming the medication isn’t opioids because pain isn’t taken seriously enough in my country for doctors to prescribe it in this case.

I’ll appreciate any input (experience, professional opinion) regarding pain after the open wound surgery. Thanks in advance!
 

Aarna

New Member
My name is Dani and I’m having the surgery on Monday. My pain tolerance is very low and I’m extremely scared about the pain. In fact, I graduated high school yesterday and I’m going to college abroad in 2 months and I couldn’t care less about those things because I’ve been depressed due to the initial pain of the pilonidal cyst and the pain that is about to come after surgery (basically 2 months of depression all because of this cyst).

Anyways, I’ve tried to get my dad to ask the doctor to prescribe me very strong painkillers but he (my dad) couldn’t care less. So, now all I’ve got left is to wonder how much pain I have to endure.

I assume removing gauze packing is the most painful part. Is it less painful than the actual pilonidal cyst at its pain-peak or is it more painful? Will I be able to poop normally or no? Can the pain become bearable with medication? Assuming the medication isn’t opioids because pain isn’t taken seriously enough in my country for doctors to prescribe it in this case.

I’ll appreciate any input (experience, professional opinion) regarding pain after the open wound surgery. Thanks in advance!
Dani,
My son had same situation!
He had his cleft lift surgery done on 6th June!
He is going to college this fall!
Dr Emmarman at Eau Claire did his surgery! He is greT surgeon! And it is closed stitch with Jp tube! Please contact his office! No packing! Nothing! My son is doing great!
 

Aarna

New Member
Dani,
My son had same situation!
He had his cleft lift surgery done on 6th June!
He is going to college this fall!
Dr Emmarman at Eau Claire did his surgery! He is greT surgeon! And it is closed stitch with Jp tube! Please contact his office! No packing! Nothing! My son is doing great!
715 8321044
Our surgery was scheduled for open excession at Mayo Clinic
Luckily we found him
And after lots of research we decided for cleft lift!
Again I don’t know your situation and I am not a doctor! Please contact his office and judgement is yours! I just shared my experience!
I wish you good luck for your surgery!
And Warmest congratulations for your high school graduation!
 

Aarna

New Member
715 8321044
Our surgery was scheduled for open excession at Mayo Clinic
Luckily we found him
And after lots of research we decided for cleft lift!
Again I don’t know your situation and I am not a doctor! Please contact his office and judgement is yours! I just shared my experience!
I wish you good luck for your surgery!
And Warmest congratulations for your high school graduation!
 

DarlingCurse

New Member
I had a closed excision that basically turned into an open excision, so I’ve been packing this thing for months (I’m on a wound vac now). Pain was unbearable at first but you do get used to it, just shower/get the gauze wet with saline first to make the removal easier, and just remember to try to relax and take any sort of painkiller (narcotic or OTC) beforehand since you are very sensitive to pain.

However, I read you’re going abroad in two months (congratulations on graduating, by the way!) but you very well may not be healed completely by that time. Open wounds take time to heal. It’s been 6 months for me, but not everybody’s body or situation is the same. As Aarna mentioned, the cleft lift may be your best option if you live in an area that offers/has someone who specializes in it. People have reported that they heal nicely and usually don’t have issues after the fact, and estimated healing time is about 2 weeks (compared to the “usual” 6-8 weeks recommended for open wound). Just be aware of that, because if you still have an open wound when you go abroad, you’ll need to make sure to still take care of it.

Also, narcotics are usually prescribed after surgery, at least for me. I had a narcotic prescribed every time without asking because you’ll likely be pretty sore. If not, Tylenol should work to at least take the edge off, because I take those on my off days when I don’t have a dressing change appointment.

Good luck!!
 

Canuck84

Helpful
I had open excision, I had no pain at all. Mild discomfort but that was about it, it was a very large wound as well. They did give me strong pain medicine but I never had to touch it. Either way each person will take to the surgery differently.
 
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