cleft lift

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    Cleft Lift-DC-area

    Hi, this is my first post so go easy on me! I first had a pilonidal 7 years ago, lanced, no problems after. It's now flaring, I'm on antibiotics, but know surgery is likely inevitable. So I have a couple questions! 1. I was wondering if anyone has had a cleft lift done with Dr Otchy in Fairfax...
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    Poll- how long did to wait to sit?

    Hey guys! Just wondering how long it took everyone to sit after cleft lift surgery? Also, how long did you wait to sleep on your back? Mind you, I’m having a small complication after my cleft lift (bottom opened due to fluid build up), so I’ve really only just started sitting at week 3...
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    Cleft lift problem

    Newbie here I had cleft lift surgery with Dr. Caplan on 1/11/18, no drain was placed as he said I didn’t need it. Fast forward 8 days and a small infection has brewed and opened the lower part of the incision. Placed on Bactrim and wet to dry dressing changes 2x/day and follow up in a week...
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    Post cleft lift, bottom opened! Need advice please

    Hello! This may be a long post, so I apologize in advance. I’ve gotten such good advice and research through this website, it ultimately lead me to my cleft lift surgeon Dr. Caplan in Philadelphia. I can’t thank everyone enough for sharing their stories and experience!! Little background, I’m a...
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    Bowel Movement after Cleft Closure surgery

    So I had a cleft closure surgery (similar to a cleft lift), about 10 hours ago and I was wondering how were the bowel movements? I’m taking probiotics and fiber supplements like Metamucil so hopefully the stool will be as smooth as silk. My concern is will sitting on the toilet rip the stitches...
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    Need help from anyone who have travelled to Oregon (Dr.Bascom) to get Cleft lift done

    Hello, I am from India and have been dealing with this dreaded thing called pilonidal cyst. I have had 2 surgeries in India (one open wound and one huge rotational flap) however, both have failed more or less. After surgeries I never had any infections but my wounds have failed to heal. As a...
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    Opinions? What to purchase before cleft lift surgery for comfort & prepared post op?

    Hello all! So after going to urgent care and having a pretty painful and infected reoccuring pilonidal cyst lanced, I was referred to a general surgeon since I last posted on this forum the beginning of December. I have to get a closed excision cleft lift surgery on the 2nd of January and was...
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    Cleft lift pain 3 years later

    Hi everyone, I am new to this forum but have been reading since my first flare up. I am a female who is 25 years old. My junior year of high school I began experiencing sharp pain in my tailbone area. One night it was so bad I had to go to the ER and was told I had an abscess. The doctors...
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    Help with cleft lift

    I'm in a bit of a pickle here. I've suffered from pilonidal cyst for over 7 years now. Like most people, I'm looking to go out of state up north to see about getting a cleft lift from either of 2 great surgeons. Problem is the 2 types of insurances offered in my area - the 2 surgeon up north...
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    Anyone had cleft lift surgery with in San Diego recently?

    I am going to meet Dr Isho coming Tuesday to get his opinion about my recurrent Pilo. Anyone recently worked with Dr Isho for a cleft list recently? please write you positive/negative experiences with this surgeon. Any other good pilonidal surgeons in San Diego or nearby areas?
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    Reoccurrence after cleft lift?!

    I had cleft lift surgery 2 years ago and have had no issues until now. There's 2 red lines, one on each side and a dull ache high in my tail bone. I don't feel a ball like cyst though so I'm not sure what's going on. My original scars are fine so it's almost like there's a new one coming in...
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    Newly diagnosed, considering cleft lift with Dr Sternberg

    Hi. I'm new here. First of all, thanks to everyone for participating in this forum. It's invaluable to someone new to this pilonidal business... Secondly, I apologize if I ask a question that is addressed fully somewhere else. I tried to do a bit of digging on the forum, but I tend to get...
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    Cleft Lift anxiety

    Hello everyone! This is my first post here, and I want to preemptively thank everyone. I've lurked here for a little while and everyone is so supportive and kind I developed my cyst about a year and a half ago. Besides the sinus draining and occasional mild flare ups, including the general pain...
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    Best Advice: Colorectal Specialist

    I'm finally posting about two years after my son finished his final treatment for his pilonidal cyst near the end of his senior year of high school. After all that we went through, the best decision was to be treated by a colorectal specialist. Without any prior family experience with this...
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    Difference between Cleft Lift and Primary Closure surgery?

    Hi, I wanted to know what's the difference between Basocm's Cleft Lift and Primary Closure Surgery with off the midline cloaure? What I understand is that cleft lift is also a primary closure procedure but how it is different? Any opinions will be greatly appreciated.
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    Post-Closed excision Canada

    Hi there all, new here. 29 year old female from Alberta, Canada. Have dealt with pilonidal cyst for over a decade. Lance & drain offset from midline in 2008ish before they knew what it was. This led to bad scar tissue which also continued to get infected along with the pilonidal cyst time after...
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    Polinidal newbie, lots of questions!

    First off, I am so glad I found this forum. I have gotten many answers, some of which have eased my mind and lowered my anxiety, surprisingly. Here my story so far... about a year ago I discovered a very small bump dead center at the beginning of my anal cleft? Butt crack? Guess I have some...
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    4 weeks post cleft lift and having drainage issues

    Hey , I just underwent cleft lift surgery about 4 weeks ago and I started experiencing my drainage site leaking. It hadn't been leaking for a long time now (since my doctor removed the drainange tube). It almost looked like a pimple before it started leaking. Now my caretaker has been soaking it...
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    Cleft Lift Surgery in question

    I've been dealing with Pilonidal cysts for more than 20 years. I had 3 extractions in my 20s and one mid 30s. I was good for 10 years but my pilonidal got re- infected in Nov of 2016. I had my 4th extraction surgery in January and it keeps reopening in a different location along my tailbone...
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    Can I get a cleft lift if I have an open wound from prior surgical excision?

    Hey everyone, I have a question about cleft lift surgery. I noticed a pilonidal sinus in early January 2017 and had the area removed by a general surgeon on 1/26/17. It healed well for about a month, but then it had to be re-opened because apparently we stopped packing it prematurely. After my...