I had Dr. Bascom do a cleft lift 3 yrs ago - here are the pics

#1
Hey,

I live in Toronto Canada and suffered with a pilonidal cyst for years. I consulted many surgeons, none who performed the cleft lift, and I was extremely deterred from having the open wound surgery they perform in Canada. After years of dealing with it and it draining on its own it finally got too infected and I had to go get it lanced at a hospital emergency room - it was the most painful experience I've ever had as the inflamed tissue didn't freeze. Since they don't close the wounds after lancing I had a home care nurse come everyday for months to change the dressings. It just refused to close and nothing the nurse or I did made it close. At that point I decided it was worth going to see Dr. Thomas Bascom in Oregon and pay for the cleft lift surgery - it was the greatest decision I ever made. It was a super quick procedure and Dr. Bascom and the North West Surgical Centre are amazing. I literally rolled off the table and walked the ten minutes back to the hotel. I had planned to stay a week to consult but given how great i was healing I flew back to toronto 3 days post surgery. The flight was uncomfortable but bearable and I was back at work within a week. That was 3 years ago and I decided its time I posted my before and after pics to help inform other people suffering with a pilonidal wondering if it's worth going to see Dr. Bascom. Trust me - its soooooooo worth it. I had no complications and healed really fast. Hope these pics help. https://postimg.org/gallery/1ra5l3ccq/
 
#2
Thank you for sharing your photos and your story. Unfortunately I haven't found any doctors in Berlin who have heard of the cleft lift. So I have to settle for the modified karydakis. When the surgeon I have chosen to have the surgery with explained the process to me and drew how the cut would look like I think its very similar to the cleft lift as it will be stitched off the midline. He did say he will remove all the sinuses though. I hope mine will look as good as years.

Do you have any tips to keep it from getting infected and the stitched opening up? That's my biggest fear.
 
#3
Thank you for posting your pics. I'm heading out to see him next month for this procedure and was so glad to hear of your experience. Anything you can think of that helped you heal? Were you sitting quite a bit right away, or did you sit on your side to let it heal?
 
#4
Thank you for sharing your photos and your story. Unfortunately I haven't found any doctors in Berlin who have heard of the cleft lift. So I have to settle for the modified karydakis. When the surgeon I have chosen to have the surgery with explained the process to me and drew how the cut would look like I think its very similar to the cleft lift as it will be stitched off the midline. He did say he will remove all the sinuses though. I hope mine will look as good as years.

Do you have any tips to keep it from getting infected and the stitched opening up? That's my biggest fear.
I'm not sure what the modified karydakis surgery does differently but i think the key is having stiches off the midline and removing the sinuses. I had the same problem in Canada - couldnt find a doctor to do the cleft lift - thats why i flew to the states to do it but i had to pay out of pocket. I can't remember what I did after the surgery - I remember I avoided getting it wet in the shower and I imagine i cleaned it with sterile solution and kept it dry. I would just say move slowly and when you have to sit try leaning all your weight to one side to avoid putting pressure on your stitches. I hope yours surgery goes well. Im going to replace some of the smaller pics with bigger ones because i think its hard to see the scar so check back on my link.
 
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#5
Thank you for posting your pics. I'm heading out to see him next month for this procedure and was so glad to hear of your experience. Anything you can think of that helped you heal? Were you sitting quite a bit right away, or did you sit on your side to let it heal?
I really didn't have a hard time healing - I was lucky and my surgery wasn't that complicated and I didn't have a drain or anything. I definitely did my best to avoid sitting as much as possible during that first week post surgery but I was still able to sit and eat with only mild discomfort - I think I leaned to one site to avoid putting too much pressure. But i just followed Dr. Bascom's directions and was very happy with how quickly it healed and I was able to go back to work.
 

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#6
Hey,

I live in Toronto Canada and suffered with a pilonidal cyst for years. I consulted many surgeons, none who performed the cleft lift, and I was extremely deterred from having the open wound surgery they perform in Canada. After years of dealing with it and it draining on its own it finally got too infected and I had to go get it lanced at a hospital emergency room - it was the most painful experience I've ever had as the inflamed tissue didn't freeze. Since they don't close the wounds after lancing I had a home care nurse come everyday for months to change the dressings. It just refused to close and nothing the nurse or I did made it close. At that point I decided it was worth going to see Dr. Thomas Bascom in Oregon and pay for the cleft lift surgery - it was the greatest decision I ever made. It was a super quick procedure and Dr. Bascom and the North West Surgical Centre are amazing. I literally rolled off the table and walked the ten minutes back to the hotel. I had planned to stay a week to consult but given how great i was healing I flew back to toronto 3 days post surgery. The flight was uncomfortable but bearable and I was back at work within a week. That was 3 years ago and I decided its time I posted my before and after pics to help inform other people suffering with a pilonidal wondering if it's worth going to see Dr. Bascom. Trust me - its soooooooo worth it. I had no complications and healed really fast. Hope these pics help. https://postimg.org/gallery/1ra5l3ccq/
This is fantastic. It is so difficult to explain what the end result looks like and your pictures will be very helpful to so many people. Can you also post this on the main forum to get more exposure.
 
#7
Hey,

I live in Toronto Canada and suffered with a pilonidal cyst for years. I consulted many surgeons, none who performed the cleft lift, and I was extremely deterred from having the open wound surgery they perform in Canada. After years of dealing with it and it draining on its own it finally got too infected and I had to go get it lanced at a hospital emergency room - it was the most painful experience I've ever had as the inflamed tissue didn't freeze. Since they don't close the wounds after lancing I had a home care nurse come everyday for months to change the dressings. It just refused to close and nothing the nurse or I did made it close. At that point I decided it was worth going to see Dr. Thomas Bascom in Oregon and pay for the cleft lift surgery - it was the greatest decision I ever made. It was a super quick procedure and Dr. Bascom and the North West Surgical Centre are amazing. I literally rolled off the table and walked the ten minutes back to the hotel. I had planned to stay a week to consult but given how great i was healing I flew back to toronto 3 days post surgery. The flight was uncomfortable but bearable and I was back at work within a week. That was 3 years ago and I decided its time I posted my before and after pics to help inform other people suffering with a pilonidal wondering if it's worth going to see Dr. Bascom. Trust me - its soooooooo worth it. I had no complications and healed really fast. Hope these pics help. https://postimg.org/gallery/1ra5l3ccq/
Thank you so much for sharing! I am also in Toronto and am considering the same option. How exactly did you go about arranging the procedure with Dr. Bascom as a Canadian?
 
#8
Hey,

I live in Toronto Canada and suffered with a pilonidal cyst for years. I consulted many surgeons, none who performed the cleft lift, and I was extremely deterred from having the open wound surgery they perform in Canada. After years of dealing with it and it draining on its own it finally got too infected and I had to go get it lanced at a hospital emergency room - it was the most painful experience I've ever had as the inflamed tissue didn't freeze. Since they don't close the wounds after lancing I had a home care nurse come everyday for months to change the dressings. It just refused to close and nothing the nurse or I did made it close. At that point I decided it was worth going to see Dr. Thomas Bascom in Oregon and pay for the cleft lift surgery - it was the greatest decision I ever made. It was a super quick procedure and Dr. Bascom and the North West Surgical Centre are amazing. I literally rolled off the table and walked the ten minutes back to the hotel. I had planned to stay a week to consult but given how great i was healing I flew back to toronto 3 days post surgery. The flight was uncomfortable but bearable and I was back at work within a week. That was 3 years ago and I decided its time I posted my before and after pics to help inform other people suffering with a pilonidal wondering if it's worth going to see Dr. Bascom. Trust me - its soooooooo worth it. I had no complications and healed really fast. Hope these pics help. https://postimg.org/gallery/1ra5l3ccq/
Kellyj Thank you soooo much for sharing your pictures!!! My biggest fear has been that there would be excessive scarring. It looks really good. I am hoping and praying mine goes as well tomorrow. I am SUPER nervous not about surgery in general but just that my bottom comes out looking ok. Call me vain or superficial but it means a lot to me.
 
#9
Hi Kelly!

I know it's been a long time, but if anyone for that matter sees this message, could you please tell me the cost? I also live in Toronto,Canada and am considering going to Dr bascom for the cleft lift. Can anyone please run down the total costs please so I can start saving up? Thanks in advance!
 
#10
Hi Ahmed, although I have not received the cleft lift yet I'm looking to get it done by Dr. Bascom next month. Any updates from you? Did you end up getting the surgery?
Hey, I didn't get the surgery done. Because I did find information that water fasting solves this issue for good. The main issue is that their is an infected hair follice and blocked pores and dirt in the area. Water fasting for 15 days will allow your immune system to heal this infection and also get rid of the hair inside the cyst (i still dont understand how the body does this, but it works). I personally know a couple people who fasted on water and got rid of anal fistuals, fissures, pilonidal sinuses, pilondial cysts and several other issues including chrons disease. So try water fasting before you even consider surgery. God made it so easy to cure any disease, it's just that with out lifestyle, our immune system is always busy digesting food. And you might be wondering as to how water fasting will cure an ingrown hair and a cyst. Just read up on water fasting and you'll see why it works for anything. I haven't done it yet cuz my parents won't let me, but I do plan on doing it in the future.
 
#11
Hey, I didn't get the surgery done. Because I did find information that water fasting solves this issue for good. The main issue is that their is an infected hair follice and blocked pores and dirt in the area. Water fasting for 15 days will allow your immune system to heal this infection and also get rid of the hair inside the cyst (i still dont understand how the body does this, but it works). I personally know a couple people who fasted on water and got rid of anal fistuals, fissures, pilonidal sinuses, pilondial cysts and several other issues including chrons disease. So try water fasting before you even consider surgery. God made it so easy to cure any disease, it's just that with out lifestyle, our immune system is always busy digesting food. And you might be wondering as to how water fasting will cure an ingrown hair and a cyst. Just read up on water fasting and you'll see why it works for anything. I haven't done it yet cuz my parents won't let me, but I do plan on doing it in the future.

Hi. Not sure if you'll even see this since your post is a yr old, but I started fasting Wednesday night. Three days later and still going. I'm doing this to avoid potential surgery. How bad was your cyst? And how long did it take to go away with fasting?
 
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