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  1. KatieMarie

    First Time Surgery & Scared (advise/encouragement please!)

    I agree with seeing Dr. Immerman. I had my first surgery in Michigan in 2018 that was closed with sutures and the recovery was horrible. My cyst never healed and I ended up with an open, draining wound for nine months. I was actually scheduled for a second procedure that would’ve been left open...
  2. KatieMarie

    How long from first consultation to operation date?

    I traveled from Michigan to have my cleft lift with Dr Immerman in Wisconsin and it was the best decision I ever made. My surgery was 2.5 years ago and I’ve been 100% healed ever since. My surgery date was about 6 weeks after my initial email to his clinic. Everything moved very fast and they...
  3. KatieMarie

    Lying on your back

    If your cyst isn’t actively flaring up and painful, lying on your back on a soft surface won’t do any harm to it. If the cyst did return, it would not be from lying on your back, but because these cysts have a high recurrence rate anyway and some of that is completely out of your control. And...
  4. KatieMarie

    Lying on your back

    You can lay whichever way you are comfortable, including your back. Lying on your back won’t hurt anything at all.
  5. KatieMarie

    My cyst flattened out, dried up but Tailbone hurts really bad

    Hi DogLover. I am so sorry for what you are going through. My tailbone was very sore when I had my pilonidal cyst as well. Even when it wasn’t flaring up and looked okay from the outside, my tailbone would still be extremely sore. Then eventually, the cyst would flare up again, fill with fluid...
  6. KatieMarie

    Dr. Immerman - Cleft Lift - 2/28/20

    You are so welcome! I took four weeks off of work. I am an ICU nurse and also have a very active job. I felt ready to go back about three weeks after my surgery, so I definitely think six weeks will be plenty for your recovery and you'll be surprised at how good you feel by then! My email...
  7. KatieMarie

    Dr. Immerman - Cleft Lift - 2/28/20

    Hi there! I had my cleft lift with Dr. Immerman almost two and a half years ago, so I figured I can help. 1. If you aren't able to stomach/afford all of the supplements, that is OK. Dr. Immerman likes to use them in case they do provide some benefit with wound healing, but most research shows...
  8. KatieMarie

    Reoccurring Irritation

    I always have trouble figuring out how to send a direct message on this site...so here is my email address. If you send me an email, I will share the link to my recovery photos. I would also be more than happy to do a zoom call with you if you would prefer that. katiesemail289@gmail.com
  9. KatieMarie

    Reoccurring Irritation

    I am so sorry you are continuing to have problems with your wound. I cannot say for certain that your wound will never heal, but I can say that these cysts have an extremely high chance of recurring without the correct treatment. The procedure you had done, just like the first procedure I had...
  10. KatieMarie

    Cleft Lift

    Yes, it would be. He sees patients from all over the country that travel to have it done. I would’ve traveled any distance to do it. The plane ride was slightly uncomfortable but didn’t cause any issues with healing. I was actually much more comfortable even immediately after having it done...
  11. KatieMarie

    Cleft Lift

    Hello! I paid about $1,150 out of pocket. I was on my dads insurance at the time and he has great coverage, but I was so miserable I would’ve paid anything to be healed! I am almost two years post-op and have had ZERO problems. Dr Immerman is truly amazing. Please feel free to message me any...
  12. KatieMarie

    Need surgery, at a loss again

    Also, his website pilonidal.net has some amazing information and that is where you can reach out for a consult. He can look at photos through email.
  13. KatieMarie

    Need surgery, at a loss again

    I agree that the cleft lift is the best option and Dr. Immerman is amazing! My first closed surgery by a local colorectal surgeon in Michigan failed and left me with an open wound for nine months! I traveled to Wisconsin and had surgery with Dr. Immerman while my wound was still open and...
  14. KatieMarie

    Cyst almost gone but pain?

    Unfortunately, antibiotics aren’t usually able to heal this disease long term. It’s caused by the way the cleft is shaped and the anatomy that causes the issue needs to be corrected. After my first failed surgery, I was left with an open wound for 9 months because my cyst came back almost...
  15. KatieMarie

    Pain when getting up in the tailbone area - no cyst for 10 years

    I had surgery a year and a half ago and still get sore/shooting nerve pains if I lean back on my tailbone for too long. I don’t think it’s concerning unless it is constant and progressively gets worse after you change positions!
  16. KatieMarie

    Where do I go next (post surgical healing right now)

    I agree that the Cleft Lift is the next best step. It is the best procedure for this disease and has the lowest recurrence rate. I had mine done a year and a half ago with Dr. Immerman in Wisconsin after having a failed surgery in Michigan, and I’ve been perfectly healed every since. The...
  17. KatieMarie

    Draining the Cyst

    I’m sorry you’re going through this! I had surgery with Dr. Immerman in Wisconsin. I flew there to have surgery with him and he is truly the best. A lot of people on this forum have had surgery with him from all over the country and have been healed. He has an awesome website (pilonidal.net)...
  18. KatieMarie

    Draining the Cyst

    It looks like you probably already had your appointment, but if you are pursuing a cleft-lift (which I think is the best option) and your cyst is feeling better and no longer painful I don't think it's necessary to have it drained. I would avoid it if possible because, unfortunately, it is quite...
  19. KatieMarie

    Dr. Immerman - Cleft Lift - 2/28/20

    I’m glad you’re doing well. You will be surprised how quickly things return to normal and you can move on from this awful condition. Dr. Immerman is the best! He did my cleft-lift a year ago and I haven’t had any issues at all!
  20. KatieMarie

    Looking for advice

    That's great! I'm glad he's on his way to getting this fixed for good! I didn't see Dr. Caplan, but I think good questions to ask anyone are how much success he has personally had with the procedure, what the healing process is like, if he recommends any vitamins or supplements prior to and...
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