woundedgal

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Hello all! I am a 24 year old female who has been experiencing the physical and mental struggles many of you have been through. Long story short I had a Pilonidal excision surgery in March of this year (2022) that was closed with stitches. Less than a month after the stitches were removed, the wound opened up towards the top of the incision. 6+ months later it remains open. It's a fairly small wound but so stubborn in closing!! I have scheduled a surgery with Dr. Immerman who has been highly spoken of on this forum. I do have a few questions regarding the surgery and am wondering if anyone else has undergone a cleft lift and would be able to share their experience and how things are going post op.
1. Does the appearance of your backside drastically change? I know the scar is pretty gnarly. If I am to wear leggings after fully recovered, would the shape of my butt look odd? Being a young, single female I am also concerned for any potential future relationships.

2. My surgery is scheduled for December 2022. I am supposed to attend a wedding in the Dominican in April 2023, just 4 months post opp. Would a trip like this be doable? Long flight, likely a lot of walking and movement. I would hopefully want to swim and go on excursions with minimal discomfort or having to worry about anything happening.

3. I have a job that allows me to work from home and stand at my desk most of the day. How long can I expect to be off of work for?

My heart goes out to all of you dealing with this!! Not to be dramatic, but this has definitely been the worst year of my life. I really just want to move past this and be a normal young person again. COVID ruined my senior year of college and a few months after I graduated I'm dealing with this. I appreciate any feedback you may have. If I do go through with the cleft lift surgery, I will be sure to post about my experience.
 
I hood this gets a response from someone that has been through cleft lift.

I myself have not but I will be getting a flap procedure done. You can Google the before and after photos for your procedure. You may end up seeing surgical photos however!


Hello all! I am a 24 year old female who has been experiencing the physical and mental struggles many of you have been through. Long story short I had a Pilonidal excision surgery in March of this year (2022) that was closed with stitches. Less than a month after the stitches were removed, the wound opened up towards the top of the incision. 6+ months later it remains open. It's a fairly small wound but so stubborn in closing!! I have scheduled a surgery with Dr. Immerman who has been highly spoken of on this forum. I do have a few questions regarding the surgery and am wondering if anyone else has undergone a cleft lift and would be able to share their experience and how things are going post op.
1. Does the appearance of your backside drastically change? I know the scar is pretty gnarly. If I am to wear leggings after fully recovered, would the shape of my butt look odd? Being a young, single female I am also concerned for any potential future relationships.

2. My surgery is scheduled for December 2022. I am supposed to attend a wedding in the Dominican in April 2023, just 4 months post opp. Would a trip like this be doable? Long flight, likely a lot of walking and movement. I would hopefully want to swim and go on excursions with minimal discomfort or having to worry about anything happening.

3. I have a job that allows me to work from home and stand at my desk most of the day. How long can I expect to be off of work for?

My heart goes out to all of you dealing with this!! Not to be dramatic, but this has definitely been the worst year of my life. I really just want to move past this and be a normal young person again. COVID ruined my senior year of college and a few months after I graduated I'm dealing with this. I appreciate any feedback you may have. If I do go through with the cleft lift surgery, I will be sure to post about my experience.
 
Hello all! I am a 24 year old female who has been experiencing the physical and mental struggles many of you have been through. Long story short I had a Pilonidal excision surgery in March of this year (2022) that was closed with stitches. Less than a month after the stitches were removed, the wound opened up towards the top of the incision. 6+ months later it remains open. It's a fairly small wound but so stubborn in closing!! I have scheduled a surgery with Dr. Immerman who has been highly spoken of on this forum. I do have a few questions regarding the surgery and am wondering if anyone else has undergone a cleft lift and would be able to share their experience and how things are going post op.
1. Does the appearance of your backside drastically change? I know the scar is pretty gnarly. If I am to wear leggings after fully recovered, would the shape of my butt look odd? Being a young, single female I am also concerned for any potential future relationships.

2. My surgery is scheduled for December 2022. I am supposed to attend a wedding in the Dominican in April 2023, just 4 months post opp. Would a trip like this be doable? Long flight, likely a lot of walking and movement. I would hopefully want to swim and go on excursions with minimal discomfort or having to worry about anything happening.

3. I have a job that allows me to work from home and stand at my desk most of the day. How long can I expect to be off of work for?

My heart goes out to all of you dealing with this!! Not to be dramatic, but this has definitely been the worst year of my life. I really just want to move past this and be a normal young person again. COVID ruined my senior year of college and a few months after I graduated I'm dealing with this. I appreciate any feedback you may have. If I do go through with the cleft lift surgery, I will be sure to post about my experience.
2yrs and two failed cleft flap repairs later. We are trying to gently debride, twice now to wound clinic using curette starting at the base to cause it to close up slowly, and more effectively. We also just started using Santyl to help gently debride and help speed healing. Sometimes the original area gets inflamed and we can put pressure at the top and the area will drain, usually clear-amber colored. If it’s draining a little at the top and bottom it’s communicating so try to keep the top open a tiny bit so it doesn’t close, fester, and abscess again. We have always irrigated it from the top down with Vashe. 2 years and no infection, just a long process. Let me know how your case turns out, I’d definitely try a wound care specialist first, regret both surgeries since it just created more problems. We’re also starting laser hair removal next month so …here’s hoping
 
Hello all! I am a 24 year old female who has been experiencing the physical and mental struggles many of you have been through. Long story short I had a Pilonidal excision surgery in March of this year (2022) that was closed with stitches. Less than a month after the stitches were removed, the wound opened up towards the top of the incision. 6+ months later it remains open. It's a fairly small wound but so stubborn in closing!! I have scheduled a surgery with Dr. Immerman who has been highly spoken of on this forum. I do have a few questions regarding the surgery and am wondering if anyone else has undergone a cleft lift and would be able to share their experience and how things are going post op.
1. Does the appearance of your backside drastically change? I know the scar is pretty gnarly. If I am to wear leggings after fully recovered, would the shape of my butt look odd? Being a young, single female I am also concerned for any potential future relationships.

2. My surgery is scheduled for December 2022. I am supposed to attend a wedding in the Dominican in April 2023, just 4 months post opp. Would a trip like this be doable? Long flight, likely a lot of walking and movement. I would hopefully want to swim and go on excursions with minimal discomfort or having to worry about anything happening.

3. I have a job that allows me to work from home and stand at my desk most of the day. How long can I expect to be off of work for?

My heart goes out to all of you dealing with this!! Not to be dramatic, but this has definitely been the worst year of my life. I really just want to move past this and be a normal young person again. COVID ruined my senior year of college and a few months after I graduated I'm dealing with this. I appreciate any feedback you may have. If I do go through with the cleft lift surgery, I will be sure to post about my experience.
My son had the cleft lift with Dr Immerman. Other than a scar, your back side looks the same. Nothing you notice in leggings or a bathing suit. I’d recommend using gauze between even a month after surgery to help with air and keeping it dry. Sitting, walking should not be a problem 4 mos later.
My son went back to work in a restaurant 2weeks after. The surgery was much easier than we thought! Dr I was available all the time post surgery to answer questions too.
 
Hello all! I am a 24 year old female who has been experiencing the physical and mental struggles many of you have been through. Long story short I had a Pilonidal excision surgery in March of this year (2022) that was closed with stitches. Less than a month after the stitches were removed, the wound opened up towards the top of the incision. 6+ months later it remains open. It's a fairly small wound but so stubborn in closing!! I have scheduled a surgery with Dr. Immerman who has been highly spoken of on this forum. I do have a few questions regarding the surgery and am wondering if anyone else has undergone a cleft lift and would be able to share their experience and how things are going post op.
1. Does the appearance of your backside drastically change? I know the scar is pretty gnarly. If I am to wear leggings after fully recovered, would the shape of my butt look odd? Being a young, single female I am also concerned for any potential future relationships.

2. My surgery is scheduled for December 2022. I am supposed to attend a wedding in the Dominican in April 2023, just 4 months post opp. Would a trip like this be doable? Long flight, likely a lot of walking and movement. I would hopefully want to swim and go on excursions with minimal discomfort or having to worry about anything happening.

3. I have a job that allows me to work from home and stand at my desk most of the day. How long can I expect to be off of work for?

My heart goes out to all of you dealing with this!! Not to be dramatic, but this has definitely been the worst year of my life. I really just want to move past this and be a normal young person again. COVID ruined my senior year of college and a few months after I graduated I'm dealing with this. I appreciate any feedback you may have. If I do go through with the cleft lift surgery, I will be sure to post about my experience.
Hello woundedgal! As someone who has had issues with not only a stitches from my first surgery, and then went to Dr. Immerman for my second surgery, I'll try and ease your mind. :)

1. Short answer. Yes a bit, but I'm not sure if that's because mine wasn't particularly straight forward due to the mess that was left from surgeon #1. (phrased from Dr. Immerman himself) From what I was told, some heavy tracking to go along with that and then some. So take that as you will. Personally, I will take a little deformed butt crack over the agony of reoccurring pilonidal cyst infections. Hahaha

2. You should be healed by the wedding if there aren't any complications or follow ups. Dr. Immerman is direct and let me know that he may need a follow up surgery if he couldn't fix what was left for him after the first surgeon finished. ..knock on wood.. I didn't need a third surgery and I'm 5+ years out! My main soreness after healed was from sitting extended periods. Find what works best for you. For example.. I love hard seated chairs now. Soft/padded chairs add extra pressure to my tailbone area so I avoid them still to this day. The flight down would be my only slight concern, but again.. you should be fully healed by then.

3. I wouldn't expect you to miss much time at all. I would ask work to be a bit flexible in the first fews days back and take a half day or two if it's a bit much. If you have time off, this is a surgery. Take what time you need to heal.

I was right there with you. You've already made the biggest steps to prevent this from continuing to run your life! All the best to you and yours over the holidays! :)
 
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