Is a little pain post surgery normal?

#1
Hi everybody,

I had my surgery on June 1. Since yesterday, I've been instructed to repack the wound once a day. Today after my shower I moistened the gauze with 0.9% sodium chloride solution (aka wound wash) and put it in my wound. I felt fine for a few hours, but now the whole area around the wound feels stiff and it's pretty uncomfortable, despite the pain meds. No sharp or stinging pain-- it's just dull. It's difficult to move around or roll from my stomach to my side without a lot of discomfort. I don't have extra blood or a fever. Did I overpack the wound or something? Is it normal for me to feel this kind of pain? Or what kind of pain is normal?


About the surgery:
I had a "modified bascom" open excision on June 1, where the surgeon punched out the sinus/tunnel and made an excision to the left of my midline and pulled out the large cyst that has been causing me so much tailbone pain. The surgery went well!
 
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#2
Hi everybody,

I had my surgery on June 1. Since yesterday, I've been instructed to repack the wound once a day. Today after my shower I moistened the gauze with 0.9% sodium chloride solution (aka wound wash) and put it in my wound. I felt fine for a few hours, but now the whole area around the wound feels stiff and it's pretty uncomfortable, despite the pain meds. No sharp or stinging pain-- it's just dull. It's difficult to move around or roll from my stomach to my side without a lot of discomfort. I don't have extra blood or a fever. Did I overpack the wound or something? Is it normal for me to feel this kind of pain? Or what kind of pain is normal?


About the surgery:
I had a "modified bascom" open excision on June 1, where the surgeon punched out the sinus/tunnel and made an excision to the left of my midline and pulled out the large cyst that has been causing me so much tailbone pain. The surgery went well!
You are right to keep an eye out for infection but you are probably having some normal pain after the surgery. Try packing it a little less tightly. If at any point you feel concerned something is wrong call you surgeon's office. You are allowed to do that. You will often be put through to a nurse who will be able to answer your questions- and you absolutely have every right to post here.
 
#4
You're right, I apologize OP.
I have an unnecessarily modified ass for the rest of my life, I researched this forum thoroughly and cleft lift was painted as the end all be all for all pilonidal. What I wouldn't give to have her obviously-to-be-expected "a little pain" for a couple days (or months) from her pit picking procedure, so it's unnerving, that's all.
 
#5
You are right to keep an eye out for infection but you are probably having some normal pain after the surgery. Try packing it a little less tightly. If at any point you feel concerned something is wrong call you surgeon's office. You are allowed to do that. You will often be put through to a nurse who will be able to answer your questions- and you absolutely have every right to post here.
Thank you for reinforcing the best possible option: to call my surgeon's office! I called and it turns out I was packing the wound too tightly and it was putting a lot of pressure on my entire lower back. I am not great at characterizing pain in words but it felt more than a 2 or a 3, which I've seen others mention is their level post-op.
 
#6
You're right, I apologize OP.
I have an unnecessarily modified ass for the rest of my life, I researched this forum thoroughly and cleft lift was painted as the end all be all for all pilonidal. What I wouldn't give to have her obviously-to-be-expected "a little pain" for a couple days (or months) from her pit picking procedure, so it's unnerving, that's all.
Hi, thank you for your apology. I understand your response came from a place of emotional pain. You're right, my procedure was not as intense as a cleft lift. In my procedure, the surgeon did remove a cyst/tissue about the size of a golfball. So I can empathize with you on the trauma that comes with healing a large wound, but not to your scale. Cleft lifts and flap operations are no joke. I sincerely hope that even though you say it is cosmetically an "unnecessary modification" that it has increased your quality of life!
 
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