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Pilonidal Cyst : Laser Surgery : Last Post January 2000

Posted by Anonymous - Hawaii on January 12, 2001 at 19:11:15:

Well, it has been a year since I had a cyst surgically removed. I posted on the 18th of Jan, 2000. I am posting to share with others and help you to realize this can be dealt with and (in my case) for the most part cured. The surgery was not just a simple procedure as far as I was concerned, but from a surgical standpoint it was pretty basic:

They stuck a needle in my lower spine and deadened me. She had to do it twice and that hurt, but I stayed relaxed and it deadened up fairly fast. I opted to stay awake and not be put to "sleep". I wanted to be awake.

They shaved any hair from the region (in my case a single "hole" or sinus to the right of my tailbone) and then I suppose they betadined it or something.

Then the doctor clicked on the laser. I could feel a warmth and movement, but very little (if any) discernable pain during the procedure. He used a laser to cut pretty deep in there and when I looked at the hole in the mirror when I got home, I wasn't freaking out but it was quite a bit larger than I wanted it to be. But this was normal.

OK. Now they wheeled me in the room to chill out after the surgery. They hooked me up to some cool machines that made sure nothing traumatic was happening. Then after a brief time in there, they rolled me into recovery.

Now, the worst part was not being able to feel my legs. I couldn't feel my "private" areas either. Nor could I eliminate on my own. They were pumpimg me full of fluids the whole time, through an IV and my bladder was very full, they had to use a catheter (sp?) and since I couldn't feel anything anyway and couldn't walk, it was no big deal. Eventually, I could walk and pee by myself and they released me. Then my friend picked me up and I went home.

Recovery.
It took alot longer than I thought. I was using maxipad, or sheilds or whatever, and using cotton, and or toilet paper to blot out the wound. Now this was the worst part. Having a weeping wound for a few weeks was no big deal, but this went on for months man. The discharge was clear, so I knew it wasn't infected. It just took a long. long time to heal.
I gained some weight because I couldn't really move as much as I wished. But i was still enjoying life. Sitting down wasn't bad, but painful sometimes. I didn't use a cushion, because it just wasn't something I could do. (not to mention embarrassing-- "so what is that cushion fer anywho?")

There was pain in my back from the damn needle poking, but not too much.

It has been a year and it seems like it has been months now that I haven't had any major issues at all. I keep expecting it to open up, but it seems ok now. No pressure or pain or a buildup feeling in the region. (what used ot happen before the surgery-- before I knew it was going to open up again)

I can exercise now and have actually had a VERY active year.

In my experience it was a success, so far. I am happy I did it despite the long months of recovery. The human body wants to recover. I just tried to take care of myself. I took long baths and tried to keep clean as much as possible. It is an embarrassing and just plain bad affliction to have, but it is not as bad as it seems once you go through all this.

I will posy again if any thing changes. I want to share and let people know this can be dealt with.
Aloha.

Anonymous Hawaii ( I moved right after the operation and started a new job, and I am now in California)



Re: Pilonidal Cyst : Laser Surgery : Last Post January 2000

Posted by
sean knothe on January 13, 2001 at 22:55:22:

In Reply to: Pilonidal Cyst : Laser Surgery : Last Post January 2000 posted by Anonymous - Hawaii on January 12, 2001 at 19:11:15:

Hi I reacently found out that i have a pilonidal cyst and want to know besides surgury can i do anything about it



Re: Pilonidal Cyst : Laser Surgery : Last Post January 2000 (Archive)

Posted by Walt Stoll on January 14, 2001 at 09:07:24:

In Reply to: Pilonidal Cyst : Laser Surgery : Last Post January 2000 posted by Anonymous - Hawaii on January 12, 2001 at 19:11:15:

Thanks, Anonymous.

Walt



Re: Pilonidal Cyst : Laser Surgery : Last Post January 2000

Posted by Hope on January 16, 2001 at 02:39:59:

In Reply to: Re: Pilonidal Cyst : Laser Surgery : Last Post January 2000 posted by sean knothe on January 13, 2001 at 22:55:22:

You will be told to look at the archives so to save you the trouble I thought I would let you know what I do to prevent flare-ups.... This is just an opinion, but it really helps me. ON THE FIRST DAY that you feel any pain down there..try taking a hand towel, fill it up with a cup oe epsom salt and soak it in very hot water. Sit on it for about 15 minutes 3 times a day soaking it again in hot water when needed. After this, make sure the whole area is very dry. Use a blow dryer if needed. Make sure you clean the area at least twice a day with anti-bacterial soap and do the same with drying it. Try not to hit it on anything and also try not to stress. I found in the past, at the roughest times in my life in came back and came back bad!! I hope this helps you. If you are thinking about surgery, don't get worried about what people say. The only way to know if it will work for you is to try. Take care and good luck!!



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