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JustsomedudeJustsomedude Posts: 544 Senior Member
Having reoccurring tailbone cysts (pilonidal cyst)? I've had them a few times in the past and they aren't fun. Very painful to say the least. For anyone that doesn't know, its a fluid filled disgusting mess of infection that forms a large fluid pocket right at the top of your butt crack. I just had one drained at the ER about two months ago, sent home with antibiotics and referred to a surgeon since they're reoccurring. The surgeon tried as hard as possible to talk me out of the surgery because apparently they scoop out the area that keeps getting infected but they don't close it up. He said they have less issues with post op infection when they leave them open but you have to have a home Healthcare nurse come to your house for about a week to change the gauze and do whatever. Just realized tonight that im developing another so I think im gonna take the dive and im hoping someone here has gone through it? I know, I know, TMI 😆
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  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,018 Senior Member
    Yeah. 
    TMI. 
    😳
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • JustsomedudeJustsomedude Posts: 544 Senior Member
    Eh, I dont embarrass easy. Life's too short. Besides, theyre supposedly common with men so what better place to ask lol.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,018 Senior Member
    Just no pics........please. 😁
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,018 Senior Member

    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • RugerFanRugerFan Senior Member Posts: 2,295 Senior Member
    My youngest son had 1 removed about 5-6 yrs ago. Doctor left it open. We waited too long to have it removes. Left a LARGE wound to be packed. Wife did it everyday for several weeks, then a wound clinic when he went back to college. Definitely not a fun experience. 

    It came back so we went to another surgeon who sewed up the wound this time. It hasn't completely healed and that was 4-5 yrs ago. The wound wasn't as large the 2nd time. 

    I recommend checking with several surgeons to find 1 who will sew it up if possible. Although it may not be possible depending on how large the wound is.

  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 16,928 Senior Member
    One thing to keep in mind...KOTEX.....
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  • JustsomedudeJustsomedude Posts: 544 Senior Member
    I talked to the Dr today. He wants to have yet another consultation although I just saw him for this same thing a few weeks ago. They love billing insurance companies. I also read up quite a bit on it. There is ALOT of people that had reoccurences after surgery.
  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 11,155 Senior Member

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  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 5,811 Senior Member
    I had a buddy that had it when he was young and he told me it came back every few years.  Sounds painful and REALLY annoying!

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  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 24,715 Senior Member
     o:) 
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  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 16,928 Senior Member
    I've had a lot of experience dealing with open wounds on critters as well as people...they're a pain in the ass (no pun intended in your case) but properly cared for they usually have a good outcome and don't take as long to heal as one might think....but usually leave a hell of a scar...The upside in your case is that somebody else is going to have to do the wound care....
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  • ilove22silove22s Senior Member Posts: 1,393 Senior Member
    edited August 19 #15
    Sorry.  Not me - yet?

    doctors get a kick of that answer when they ask me questions....

    but the best of luck.

    fwiw,

    im not sure you have chatted with your doc about this or did some online research.  not just ask for OPO, but research some medical sites.?

    but if you have not chatted with your doc, you may want to do so even if you have to make an appointment.  but i would do some reserach on your own and jot down any concerns/questions you may have.

    When i was going to have cataract surgery, i did some research online and jotted down some questions/concerns and then made an appointment with my doc that would be doing the surgery.  he was cool with the questions/concerns and addressed them 1 by 1.  It does taking some responsibility on yourself and to make your own decisions.   but for the most part, i am happy.

    good luck


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    - Don Burt
  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 8,262 Senior Member
    Maybe it's time to review the wound cauterization scene from Braveheart?
    WWJMBD?

    "Nothing is safe from stupid." - Zee
  • JustsomedudeJustsomedude Posts: 544 Senior Member
    Bigslug said:
    Maybe it's time to review the wound cauterization scene from Braveheart?
    I was dumb enough to watch a video of the surgery. Im not worried about anything but reoccurence and downtime. I have a motorcycle to ride and shop to run. And with my luck, the home healthcare nurse will be named Olga with a unibrow.
  • JustsomedudeJustsomedude Posts: 544 Senior Member
    Although I figured the chance was likely slim, with this apparently being somewhat common I was hoping someone here had a personal experience with the same issue.  Eh, l'll take one for the team and snap pics for Zee 😁
  • RugerFanRugerFan Senior Member Posts: 2,295 Senior Member
    edited August 19 #19
    Since my son's last one won't completely heal, I've thought about trying to contact one of the trainers for the football team at the nearby university to see what surgeon they recommend. I suspect they see several of these a year that have to be dealt with.

    Just something to consider.
  • RugerFanRugerFan Senior Member Posts: 2,295 Senior Member
    The first surgery left a wound that was roughly 1"w x 1-1.5d x 3"L. The packing had to be replaced every day. Putting our son through that was the hardest thing my wife and I have ever done. Luckily by the 4 or 5th day the nerve endings(or something) had healed to the point it was no where near as painful as the 1st few days. 

    Not trying to scare you, just trying to be honest and forthright about what to possibly expect. 
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 6,749 Senior Member
    Bummer.

    Might as well have nurse visits if it will postpone a reoccurence. Sounds bad enough to make any embarrassment a non-issue.
  • JustsomedudeJustsomedude Posts: 544 Senior Member
    RugerFan said:
    Since my son's last one won't completely heal, I've thought about trying to contact one of the trainers for the football team at the nearby university to see what surgeon they recommend. I suspect they see several of these a year that have to be dealt with.

    Just something to consider.
    Just curious, what is the issue with him not healing? Is he overly active and stretching/tearing it? What issues is it causing now?
  • RugerFanRugerFan Senior Member Posts: 2,295 Senior Member
    Don't know why it won't completely heal. It healed up to about the size of a pencil eraser. Not a hole, per se,  just won't completely heal. He had several  follow ups with the surgeon . All he'd do is sab some meds on it and a bandaid and say it looked good. Did that for over a year.  My son had to drive over 150 miles 1 way to the doctor so he just quit going.

    Doesn't really bother him as far as pain. It supparates(?) occasionally, I think. I haven't asked in a while.
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 12,636 Senior Member
    Add acupuncture to the treatment plan.
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  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,018 Senior Member
    Although I figured the chance was likely slim, with this apparently being somewhat common I was hoping someone here had a personal experience with the same issue.  Eh, l'll take one for the team and snap pics for Zee 😁
    Is it still considered a “selfie” when you take a picture of your own ass?  😎
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 11,155 Senior Member
    An ‘assie?’
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  • GunNutGunNut Posts: 5,811 Senior Member
    Zee said:
    Although I figured the chance was likely slim, with this apparently being somewhat common I was hoping someone here had a personal experience with the same issue.  Eh, l'll take one for the team and snap pics for Zee 😁
    Is it still considered a “selfie” when you take a picture of your own ass?  😎
    Why don't you google that.  I dare you!!!  :D
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  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 8,262 Senior Member
    An ‘assie?’
    Rectum.  Darn near kiltum.
    WWJMBD?

    "Nothing is safe from stupid." - Zee
  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 2,222 Senior Member
    i had one after returning from Germany. My doctor told me to avoid the surgery due to the low success rate. The hole healed over with judicious cleaning and then keeping it dry. Still there though. 
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  • JustsomedudeJustsomedude Posts: 544 Senior Member
    Not really sure what to do now. Just received a pre op call from a lady at the hospital to schedule my pre op covid test. I told her she can just go ahead and cancel my surgery and Dr appt concerning the surgery. When she asked why, I said that I dont know the accuracy of their tests and sure dont need the cdc or health department being up my ass and telling me what I can and can't do, especially being a business owner. I'm pretty sure I just gave them a story to tell their family and friends later on but I really don't care. I have major distrust for government. Now who's gonna poke my ass?
  • AlleyCatAlleyCat Posts: 361 Member
     Now who's gonna poke my ass?

    Rhetorical question, right?

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