Anyone else who went to them... can you share the experience... as I'm in kitchener... and the earliest date I can get is May 24 from local surgeon... and that is just for initial consultation... and I think by the time I do get the procedure done... it be sometime like in auguest. The abcess keeps on flaring up every 3 weeks... and having it lanced and drained is no pleasure..
Dr. Peter Blair in New Westminster was incredible. He is really nice, approachable, and very knowledgeable. He is also very conservative, so if you are not wanting to start with an excision (like my first surgeon insisted upon my having - I said no way), he is a great option.
As well, shaving my buttocks has helped incredibly. Having someone check the pore has been super important. Calendula oil has kept any of my inflammation to almost nil. My pilonidal is excellent these days. Not totally gone, but totally benign. Cheers
Anyone know of a good surgeon in the Toronto area ? My doctor just referred me to a general surgeon but after reading on here I am very skeptical about letting this guy do it. I read that someone had recommended the Rudd clinic on here but it'd be cool to hear from some people that have actually been there
I consulted with a couple of surgeons in TO, but neither of them offered me any options other than a wide excision, done in their office and under a local anesthetic! After everything I’d read about the procedure, I knew I wanted a general anesthetic and day surgery.
My GP didn’t know of anyone else, so I requested a referral to Dr. Ron Monaghan in Ottawa, after reading the posts about him on pilonidal.org. I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND him to anyone!! He’s got a lot of experience with this condition, and he’s a nice guy!!!
I had my surgery in the spring and I was completely healed in 5 weeks!!! The combination of a proper excision together with great home care (local nurses looked after the post-op dressing changes) made all the difference.
Looking back, I was a lot more nervous about the whole thing than I should’ve been. You can expect to be off your backside for at least 3 weeks, and I didn’t need any pain meds since the day of surgery!
If you’d prefer to have it done in town, you might want to contact the home care nursing agency in your area for a referral to a local surgeon. These nurses see all kinds of surgical wounds, and they know which doctors have the best success rates! Your local hospital would be able to get you in touch with them.
Thanks Grizz and Dahliya. I haven't been on here in a few months because I have been at school.
Grizz I would so go and see Dr Monyhan if I could.. just I'd need someone to drive me
Dahliya did your Dr also take out the pits ? I wonder does she always stitch back up ? I am scared of someone stitching it back up because my gp told me this makes them reoccur. I was referred to a Dr Ross at Women's College Hospital.. I don't know if either of you has heard of him ? He just wants to open it up and drain it and not stitch it, let it heal.. he said he would also take out the pits..
RUDD clinic will not do any pilonidal work that requires general anaesthetic...I found them pleasant but essentially useless for PS, they referred me to an affiliated surgeon who was ok as in he was nice but it took 11 months to recover...my PS is back again so I'm probably off to Ottawa to see the guy there...anyone wanna do a pilonidal road trip...?
C'mon!!! we just have to colour code our doughnuts
My surgeon (Ron Monaghan) is on the Canadian Bascom list and didn't really seem to know what a cleft lift was (at least, I think this was why he didn't perform them). Could the lack of doctors willing to perform the cleft lift in Canada just be due to a lack of knowledge of the procedure? And if that's the case, could Dr. Bascom be of use in offering some sort of course to Canadian doctors on how to do it?
Did any of the Canadian doctors actually say it was because it wasn't "approved" by the health care system that they weren't doing it? Because if that's the case, I will work with Dr. Monaghan to get an answer for you. I've found him to be very helpful so far.
I'm on it! When we get a good list of Canadian surgeons and how much they know about the cleft lift, maybe we can get Dr. Bascom to do a mass mailing of information or training sessions. Or, if it's a health care system issue, I'll try to figure out what the problem is.
If you are Canadian and reading this, please look for the "If you live in Canada - please help out the site" thread, call your surgeon and post his/her answers. Thanks!
Dr. Ron Monaghan is great and definitely deserves his name in the Surgeon Hall of Fame. He is easy to talk to, answers questions thoroughly, has a very calm personality and is very well respected in Ottawa (all the nurses who packed my wound spoke highly of him). He has perfected the open excision technique and is very knowledgeable about it (and it also sounds like there are rarely complications from surgeries performed by him). He does not do either of the Bascom techniques (the pit picking and the cleft lift), but then again, at this point in time, neither do any of the other doctors in Canada. My open excision with him was done on December 17 and I am now completely healed.
How did you all go out about contacting Dr. Ron Monaghan? Did you just call him directly or get a referral from your family doctor? I feel a bit silly just calling him and explaining my situation out of the blue....
My family doctor gave me a referral to see Dr. Monaghan after I asked her for it. I believe her office actually contacted his office and his office called me to set up my first appointment. I think you need a referral from your doctor for the appointment to be covered by OHIP. However, if I'm wrong about needing the referral, you could probably just call him and set up the appointment - he's seen tons of this problem before, so I don't think you explaining your situation to him out of the blue would freak him out or anything . He did a fantastic job explaining everything to me and my surgery went well (all healed now) so I highly recommend him. Good luck in getting rid of this annoying problem!
I'm in Ottawa, and I wish I'd found pilonidal.org when my GP gave me the diagnosis...
I was referred to Dr. Haziza opperating out of the Appletree Medical Clinics... I DO NOT RECOMMEND HIM. He performed an excision, under a local, and completely closed it, not offering any option of marsupialization, open healing, or anything or even discussing the existence of these options, and he did NOT use any stitches inside, just kind of stitched up the surface with dissolving stitches.
ALSO, he then sent me home, with no home-care, telling me I would be back to work in two days, and the only instructions for post operative wound care were "use lots of polysporin." He didn't even suggest getting an O-ring.
Needless to say, I'm NOW under the care of nurses because its three months later, it's not healing, I have a persistent bacterial colony, and I want to punch him in the nose. [:^]
I'm dreading it re-occuring, but at least NOW I know who to ask for, what to ask for, and that booking less than two weeks off work is utterly ridiculous