I'm thinking taking the Cleft Lift route, have a couple questions..

Lillaixi

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Hi again, I recently made a post about what I've been going through. I have my doctors appointment tomorrow for the check up a week after the lancing I just had, it had to be packed for 4-5 days, after that it couldn't really be packed anymore. Its basically back to feeling gone and what not, the usual after lancing feeling. I have a feeling the surgeon that did my lancing (Hes the fill in for my usual lady that is on maternity leave) is going to try and convince me to take the open wound way, and I just don't know if that is an option for me. I can't stand the way it sounds and the recovery process from it, I don't think I could handle having the big open wound and the time and wound care it'll take and all that comes with it. Scares me to death and just doesn't sound like the right way to go.. I've never had a surgery in my life and honestly all of the options scare me a ton, but the open wound just sounds awful to me and I really worry about the aftercare of it. The Cleft Lift surgery scares me a lot but it sounds like the option that works the best, and has the best recovery time and the aftercare of it doesn't sound nearly as bad, but I'm finding myself worrying about if that surgery is an extensive step to take.. The thing is Dr. Bascom is in Eugene and that is only a couple hours away from me. If that is the best option is the cleft lift I guess that is the route I want to take I'm just really battling myself in my head about it. I figure I should get an appointment with him and just see what he says and how it goes?
I guess my questions are how do I go about setting up an appointment with him or getting in touch with him, me and my mom asked the surgeon that did my lancing about getting a referral to go see Dr. Bascom we asked if my usual lady that has lanced it 3 or 4 times for me can do the referral and he said it would have to be from my primary doctor (which i haven't gone and seen about the cyst except for once in the beginning after that i seen the surgeon that has done the lancing every time) I'm not sure why the primary has to do the referral when she doesn't know and hasn't seen me like the lady has? So I'm unsure if the next step after the appointment tomorrow is to set up a normal doctors appointment to try and get a referral, or to just call Dr. Bascoms office and try to set up an appointment that way? Or do I try and send him an email? Just not sure how to go about it..
I guess another question is if you think the cleft lift is the right step to take.. I've only ever had it lanced but I've had it lanced probably 6-8 times. I've just always hoped it wouldn't come back and have been too afraid to do anything else. I just really struggle with the anxiety and the fears and the pain and I really worry about the scarring after the cleft lift, I'm afraid it'll end up making me have more body issues than I already do, I'm just really struggling in my head with all of this and need some help. Thanks for taking the time to read this and any help is greatly appreciated. If you want some more info on my story feel free to look at the last post I made. Thanks again..
 

gogojojo

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I agree, call Dr. Bascom’s office.
I know you’re afraid of surgery, but the longer you wait, the more extensive your pilonidal disease may become, making any surgery potentially more difficult. As for the cleft lift...it is the best surgical remedy available to treat, and likely cure, this disease.
 

Lillaixi

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After the weird appointment today for the check up they said they would give a referral to Dr. Bascom, and I looked up the phone number for his place in Eugene and gave that to them. I guess We're waiting a couple days to see if they call us then if now my mom said we will call them. Everything I've read sounds like the cleft lift is the best option and the recovery time sounds more like something I can handle, I worry that it may be extreme? I don't know that's probably a lot of my fear talking but the surgery seems like a pretty big thing they're doing and I just worry a lot about everything.
 

cystburgh

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It is not extreme in my opinion and if surgery is the route you are taking seems like the highest % chance of success to me especially with bascom.

I get we all think this is the worst thing ever and it def sucks but there are a lot worse things and personally ive had multiple surgeries and the cleft lift was by far the easiest recovery. As you can read from a few posts right here on the 1st page some ppl had open wound surgeries and are packing, still packing, could be packing for yrs, and may never heal.
 
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