Cleft lift under Senapati

I’m not sure still early yet for me it’s been 11 days still a bit painful but not too bad
When they take the plasters off thing's will be a bit easier just very light shower not heavy just to clean any dry blood. Very soft water flow over it, you're legs will get stronger and you won't feel numbness anymore when you lay on you're side.
 
I’ve taken the steri strips off toaday after I had a shower they where already falling off so I removed them when did yours come off
 
I’ve taken the steri strips off toaday after I had a shower they where already falling off so I removed them when did yours come off
Mine were lose but I didn't touch them Senapati helped take them off after 4 week's, I didn't notice any dry blood on it. The stitches should start absorbing soon into you're skin but might take longer, once they are gone you be able to walk better.
 
Ok when I got the drain removed the nurse said they should come off in a few days if they don’t wet them and take them off mine where quite dirty so I removed them
 
Ok when I got the drain removed the nurse said they should come off in a few days if they don’t wet them and take them off mine where quite dirty so I removed them
Yeah if they fell off that's good don't need to worry about them mine we're quite strong stayed on for 4 week's. It's all up from here for you now I hope you don't get any issue's with the bottom bit let me know how things go
 
Ok when I got the drain removed the nurse said they should come off in a few days if they don’t wet them and take them off mine where quite dirty so I removed them
I might try get an appointment with Senapati to discuss the my bottom bit but trouble is I would have to pay being a private patient and it's £230 if my insurance don't cover it, so I'm going see if I can heal it naturally.
 
I might try get an appointment with Senapati to discuss the my bottom bit but trouble is I would have to pay being a private patient and it's £230 if my insurance don't cover it, so I'm going see if I can heal it naturally.
Try getting it threw nhs £230 is abit expensive for a 10m appointment
 
Try getting it threw nhs £230 is abit expensive for a 10m appointment
I unfortunately can't I would have a 1 year wait lol when you get treatment private they sadly don't want to switch to nhs I think I can heal this up eventually with more care to it and more vitamins and going try manuka honey that's good for calming inflammation from wounds
 
Try getting it threw nhs £230 is abit expensive for a 10m appointment
Ps it's calming down now it's still bit sore but I just checked no blood from it after I drank water and took vitamins it's easing down again. I think it's just going to take time just need to care for it better.
 
Try getting it threw nhs £230 is abit expensive for a 10m appointment
Update: still having issue's with the bottom bit and getting quite frustrated now, whole top bit fine, bottom bit always bleeds and just won't heal ugh I'm open to suggestions from other people who's bottom bit opened a bit.

I don't want to travel to Portsmouth just to look at it hoping some people can advise me how they healed the bottom part.
Oh - You're on home stretch by sound of it then. I remember it being a bit painful at times even when it was healed. Sometimes used to get electric shocks also. I was told its the nerves adapting/healing under the skin
Unfortunately I'm still having issue's on my bottom bit bleeds from time to time my top bit all fine healed, bottom bit still struggling to heal it I don't know how deep it is, I don't know if it's 1cm but I'm getting little bit frustrated now,

I don't want more surgery or go to Portsmouth just to look at it I'm open to suggestions on how to heal the bottom bit fully because that's the only small issue I have

It's annoying as other people's cleft lifts the bottom bit didn't open for them.
 
Update: still having issue's with the bottom bit and getting quite frustrated now, whole top bit fine, bottom bit always bleeds and just won't heal ugh I'm open to suggestions from other people who's bottom bit opened a bit.

I don't want to travel to Portsmouth just to look at it hoping some people can advise me how they healed the bottom part.

Unfortunately I'm still having issue's on my bottom bit bleeds from time to time my top bit all fine healed, bottom bit still struggling to heal it I don't know how deep it is, I don't know if it's 1cm but I'm getting little bit frustrated now,

I don't want more surgery or go to Portsmouth just to look at it I'm open to suggestions on how to heal the bottom bit fully because that's the only small issue I have

It's annoying as other people's cleft lifts the bottom bit didn't open for them.

I tried regular table salt on mine with saline to rinse. The area was about 1cm x 1cm and flush to skin. I did this for a week or 2 and it healed.

It stung when I first put salt on but only briefly. I left on for about 20 seconds each time and rinsed. I used a small amount of salt.

Not saying this will 100% work but it's what I did and I'm sure it reignited the healing. It was a last resort for me as like you I really didn't want to have another surgery. I was very very frustrated and willing to try anything.
 
I tried regular table salt on mine with saline to rinse. The area was about 1cm x 1cm and flush to skin. I did this for a week or 2 and it healed.

It stung when I first put salt on but only briefly. I left on for about 20 seconds each time and rinsed. I used a small amount of salt.

Not saying this will 100% work but it's what I did and I'm sure it reignited the healing. It was a last resort for me as like you I really didn't want to have another surgery. I was very very frustrated and willing to try anything.
I will try hopefully finger's crossed it works for me thanks for suggestion
 
So my cleft lift is completed I had it done today under spinal anesthesia, with asha senapati in Portsmouth, at the moment I can't feel anything I can't feel my legs because of the anesthesia gotta wait 2hrs to feel movement again, she shaved the area of hair, cut away all the infected tissue I was awake during the operation and was aware of what was going on around me but I had to lay flat on my tummy only pain I felt was in my neck and jaw.

She has put a drain in which needs to be taken out on Wed's local gp can't do it, I will update further on my Road to recovery as the weeks goes on.

All the theatre staff were fantastic they keep checking on me throughout the operation it took about 45 mins to 1hr than 20 mims in recovery.

If you're coming to spire in Portsmouth for the operation you need to follow all the strict rules take a covid swab test and it needs to be negative and you need to self isolate for 3 day's


That's pretty much it I'm staying in Portsmouth until my drain is taken out and I will update further on my recovery when I know more.

Hey, congrats on your surgery! I'm having mine done by Dr Senapati privately in London next week. They want to add one private patient to the end of her NHS list in London, and I'm the trial run which is awesome. I'm from Scotland, and it means I can stay in my best friend's spare room for 4/5 weeks to save me travelling back and forward. I feel very lucky, as Portsmouth was going to be very expensive and difficult to get to and from. I can get the sleeper train home when I'm ready so I can lie down!

I have a question about the first week, and in particular, the drain. Do you have to carry it around with you? Or is there some sort of a holder?

Is there anything you wish you'd known and been prepared for after the surgery?

Thank you.

D
 
Hey D,

I had a cleft lift procedure last Wednesday under Asha Senapati.
In answer to your question about the drain, yes you have to carry it around as it’s attached to you but you don’t get a carrier. I just tucked it under my clothes when walking around the house and going to get it removed.

Hope this helps,
Alice :)
 
Hey D,

I had a cleft lift procedure last Wednesday under Asha Senapati.
In answer to your question about the drain, yes you have to carry it around as it’s attached to you but you don’t get a carrier. I just tucked it under my clothes when walking around the house and going to get it removed.

Hope this helps,
Alice :)
Thanks!
 
Hey, congrats on your surgery! I'm having mine done by Dr Senapati privately in London next week. They want to add one private patient to the end of her NHS list in London, and I'm the trial run which is awesome. I'm from Scotland, and it means I can stay in my best friend's spare room for 4/5 weeks to save me travelling back and forward. I feel very lucky, as Portsmouth was going to be very expensive and difficult to get to and from. I can get the sleeper train home when I'm ready so I can lie down!

I have a question about the first week, and in particular, the drain. Do you have to carry it around with you? Or is there some sort of a holder?

Is there anything you wish you'd known and been prepared for after the surgery?

Thank you.

D
Hi - how did your surgery go ? Off to see miss senapati today - hoping to get an appointment very soon
 
Hello
I've recently had the PS removed with a clear lift via NHS. (With a different surgeon). My surgery was on 10.11.23 with an overnight stay in hospital. I also had a drain (which you carry around) however mine was removed the following day before being discharged. The op was under a general anesthetic (my choice). I did not feel any pain after the operation and although I was prescribed painkillers I didn't really take them as they were not needed (which I was surprised at). Following the op, I agree with others on here, you cannot lie on your back and sitting down is still uncomfortable. I am on day 19. My wound has healed more so on the top and bottom wound/scar area however there is a small area approx few cm in the middle where the butt cheeks meet that is slower at healing due to its location. The top bit of the scar has already scabbed over and the scab has been slowly falling off. The main thing post surgery is the laying down on your side. As others have pointed out, your legs/hips area will go numb and you just have to keep switching sides to lay down. I am being extra careful and do not want any chance for the wound to delay recovery as I want to get back to work. I have borrowed a pressure sore air mattress or as we would say a 'hospital mattress' from my friend who happened to have a spare one (they had for their father). Honestly that has really helped with the laying down on your side! You can last longer on that without going numb and achy. For anyone going through this, I'd highly recommend that. I don't think they are that expensive to buy anyway but definitely worth it. I still cannot sit on a chair or sofa, still sit on my sides to watch TV etc. When in the car, I've put a thick blanket on the seat to help with any bumps etc and then sit on my side. I've got a small bed rail (borrowed off someone I know) to help move side to side and in and out of bed to lessen any pressure on that area. That has helped massively too. My surgeon had prescribed medication for constipation/softening stools. I would definitely recommend that. I've been looking after the wound by cleaning it gently in the shower everytime I use the loo. I don't want any infections etc and had the wound checked over by GP nurse and she was very pleased with the healing of it. I was under the impression that I would be able to sit and lie down on my back as normal soon after but judging by the recovery time so far and from what SpokM has said, looks like it will be a little longer than I had hoped for. Happy to help with anything else.
 
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