NHS once again causing problems

Andrew piggot

New Member
So had my incision and drainage of a recurring pilonidal sinus. It was a wide incision left open to heal from the inside out. I was pretty much forced to have the operation by the NHS if I might add. It's now 5 weeks after the surgery and I've already failed college, almost at the point where I'll lose both my jobs because of having to leave work really early to have the open wound packed for healing purposes. Now both of my bosses are getting very very frustrated and my jobs are hanging on a thin rope here. I probably have another 3-4 weeks to go for the healing and I just can't risk it. So what I'm meaning to ask is can I request that my Surgeon from the NHS stitch up what's left of the healing wound so I don't have to visit my practice nurse anymore?
 

chelseax2310

New Member
My advice would be don't get it stitched my first operation was fully stitched and within 3 weeks it had opened up with infection after infection I'm in the same boat as you with work I was off for 3 months the first time round now 7 months later I've just had to have another op where it's been made bigger and left open and I'm facing the same time off again it's hard but in the long run your health is more important I think but it's my opinion
 

Kelmisty

New Member
My advice, I've had two operations which were stitched up and neither worked. I've had a open wound for 14 months.

Two weeks ago I paid for a private rhombus flap, so for two weeks I've been recovering. I was at desperate, I've been off work for four months!
The surgeon says recovery will be between 4-6 weeks, before I can go back to work.
 

John1

New Member
I wouldn't stitch it up, likelihood is that in the long run you'll make it worse for yourself with infections etc etc.
 

Harrycro123

New Member
My advice, I've had two operations which were stitched up and neither worked. I've had a open wound for 14 months.

Two weeks ago I paid for a private rhombus flap, so for two weeks I've been recovering. I was at desperate, I've been off work for four months!
The surgeon says recovery will be between 4-6 weeks, before I can go back to work.
I'm in a similar position, has the flap procedure worked?
 

HowieM

New Member
From what ive read on this site and online, incision and drainage doesnt really offer a long term solution for a lot of people. An excision is needed. For me i went with a cleft lift/modified flap surgery. 10moth post op so far so good.
Traditional excisions are fine, but if youve got a deep natal cleft you need it flattened. It reduces % of recurrence
I went private, happy I did. NHS was a 6 months waiting list and your doc may not perform the surgery although if you dig around you could find a nhs doc who does
 
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