Hello again! I'm posting in order to update everyone on my healing and to reassure all you newbies that the closed procedure doesn't always mean bad news. I'm almost at the 3 week mark, and the top part of my incision is not only closed but scabbed over! w00t! (This was were the cyst actually showed it's ugly self.) The rest is doing extremely well according to my home care nurse. The Aquacel is really speeding the healing process up. I can sit upright with the help of my trusty tush cush for about an hour. So I would like to say to anybody facing excision surgery that if the surgeon suggests a closed incision you're not doomed to have an infection. (Like I said in other posts, my incision was huge, about 6-7 in. in length and as deep as the bone.) With the proper care and monitoring you'll heal just fine! I'll update all you guys again when I'm back at school to tell you how I'm getting along with going back to a normal class-filled schedule.