Surgery!

United States
August 28, 2008 8:06pm CST
As most of you may, or may not, know, I had surgery last week on August 20, 2008 at 8AM at Kaiser Pemanente in Bellflower, California. Before I went in for surgery, I had found a pilonidal cyst on my buttock (not kidding, but feel free to laugh anyway because it was a real pain in my butt). At first, I thought that it was a zit, and I kept popping it like it was one, but it kept coming back. I finally went to see my doctor in Downey about it, and he told me that it was a cyst, so he gave me antibiotics in hopes that it would disappear. It did not. He told me to go to a general surgeon in Bellflower. I did. The surgeon told me that it was a pilonidal cyst which is something that appears on young people. It is nothing serious, and most doctors do not suggest having it moved. Well, I did not want it there, and my insurance covered its removal, so I wanted it removed. I was told that I should get an appointment within two months, well, I had to bug these people to give me an appointment so that I could have this cyst removed and it took me nearly two months and one week to get an appointment. The scheduler was real mean to me over the phone, but I kept complaining until I got what I wanted. So, I got my appointment and I went in for Pre-Op on August 19th, and had the cyst removed on August 20th, 2008. I am now healing, and it has literally been a real pain in my butt. Has anyone here ever had a cyst? Has anyone ever gotten their cyst removed? Has anyone had any kind of surgery at all?
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@relundad (2312)
• United States
29 Aug 08
I know this experience first hand! Talk about a pain in the butt! I don't know how in the heck you survived for all of those weeks! They say they are more common in men and usually occur between the ages of 15 & 24, neither of which I was. This was a very painful situation. I endured the paid for about a day, and I couldn't take it anymore. I headed straight for the ER, where they diagnosed me. I was in so much pain that they removed the syst right there on the ER exam table. What a relief! But it was terrifying after it was done for the doctor to tell me that they had "packed it" with 2.5 feet of gauze. Well I am thinking boy they must have literally "ripped" me another hole...lol. Well they told me for after care I would need to take cyst baths for a few days and then REMOVE the gauze myself! The deal was that they left the end of the gauze hanging out and at the end of my days I was to "pull" the string! OMG I spent the next few days thinking "this ain't gonna work". Well I asked my sister to "pull the plug out". She did and it was a lot worse in my mind than reality. Hopefully I will never, ever have another one! P.S. Sorry to be so graphic...
@relundad (2312)
• United States
29 Aug 08
It has been about 5 years since I had mine, and I pray that I don't get another one. But the doctor said it is pretty likely that you will get another one, kind of like some people get cold sores and others don't. Ugghhh this discussion brought back memories to a total pain in the azz. I wish you wellness soon.
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• United States
29 Aug 08
My doctor told me that it is likely that I will not.
• United States
29 Aug 08
My doctor said that I might never have another cyst like this again. It is more like the chicken pox, you only have it once.
@zed_k4 (17633)
• Singapore
6 Sep 08
So how are you feeling nowadays, my friend..? I've heard of cyst before but have never had anyone encountering it for a surgery or something. How did you get it anyway..? Is it avoidable at all..? I know it is curable and operable but not sure how it starts to form and all that.
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• United States
6 Sep 08
I do not know how I got it, I have had cyst before, but nothing like this, and I do not believe that it is avoidable. I am healing, and I feel okay. I am not screaming in pain if that is what eveyone is thinking. It looks like a strange pimple at first, and that is what you think it is, and you keep popping it like you do a pimple, but then you soon come to realize that it keeps coming back, and that it is more than a pimple. Anyone can get it no matter who you are, it is genetic and it is from not being able to handle stress very well. Mostly young adults get this, some young adults out grow it, or get over it, and some do not. I was not getting over this, so I had to have it removed.
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@zed_k4 (17633)
• Singapore
7 Sep 08
I see. Thanks for explaining it in details for me, and my heart truly goes out to you for suffering this before. Is it allowable for one to get pregnant when they have this..? And I'm guessing guys may get this too, so let's pray that all of us will be in pink health always in the near future. Take care my friend.
@Feona1962 (7529)
• United States
29 Aug 08
I hope everything is going well..My husband had the cyst also...He had it removed..He was in the Air Force at the time..He was 24 then...around 1973...it all worked out and never came back..He said it was painful to sit..so he knows how you feel.. I hope yours is healing and it gets better soon...
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• United States
29 Aug 08
That is how it is for me, it hurts whenever I sit, but I have to sit because standing up too long makes me faint. I am healing up pretty well according to my doctor. Wow, he has his surgery in 1973? That is before I was born.
@Feona1962 (7529)
• United States
30 Aug 08
I am glad that it is healing nice...That is one of many surgeries that he has had...
@williamjisir (22909)
• China
29 Aug 08
Hello friend. I have had a small cyst on my right leg for decades. If I press it, it makes me feel a little painful. But if not, it is ok. So I just leave it there, as I don't think that it hurts me. It has been that small as always. I hope that it won't grow any bigger. Take care, friend.
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• United States
29 Aug 08
Having it on your leg is just as bad as having it anywhere else on your body. If it gets any bigger, get it out as soon as possible.
• China
30 Aug 08
Thanks for your advice, friend.
@granmeme (162)
• United States
29 Aug 08
I use to have cysts when I was a child and the last one that had to be removed was as a teenager. I have had cysts on my ovaries but they went away. I have one right now in the bend of my arm under the skin. I just feels like a small lump and I have had it for years, ever once in a while it will get a little bigger or I will be aware of it but than it will get smaller and I do not have anymore trouble with it. Dr. said to just keep a eye on it. As for surgery I just got out of the hospital with my second carotid artery surgery, although this is the second surgery in a month I am doing better this time than the first. I just wonder what goes on in the body when we are put to sleep and how hard it is on us.
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• United States
29 Aug 08
My mother said that when you have cyst on your ovaries that you are in more pain and you bleed more. She had a friend who had that same problem. You certainly have to keep an eye on it. Well, now I forgot to mention this, but I had other cysts on my body before this one, but they all went away with antibiotics.
@Hatley (161985)
• Garden Grove, California
29 Aug 08
hi rogue yes I had and still have a sebaceous cyst between my shoulder blades. I went to have surgery to remove the thing as it kept gettin infected in the summer time and the thing sort of just disappeared. then It popped back up, got infected and went to an er to have it drained, they would not remove it. then it healed and have still got the cyst. if it gets infected again am going to have it removed. as for surgery the last surgery I had was an emergency. I had fallen and fractured my left shoulder so badly they had to take out the crushed bone and put in a plastic and metal shoulder joint replacement. lol. cost 86000 dollars which my insurance did cover hurrah for that.
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• United States
29 Aug 08
It is best to just have it removed if you can. You do not want it to bother you for the rest of your life.
@AmAllen (119)
• United States
27 Apr 09
I have 65 reoccurances of a Pilonidal cyst in the past year. For the record, a Pilonidal cyst can only show up on the buttock near the tailbone. I need to have the removal of the sac surgury but the hospital here is refusing to comply with my insurance and is actualy asking for more than my yearly out of pocket max. The first 3 times I had it I went and had the lancing procedure (this is not surgery this is only a procedure that alleviates for immediate need the actual surgery requires hospitalization, a surgeon, anestisia, the works.) The lancing procedure is when the inject a numbing something or other under and around the cyst pocket. This sometimes numbs the area other times it doesnt. It only numbed me once of the 3 times. The squeeze out all the debris and puss. Then they wick it. Perscribe you antibiotics and painkillers. send you home with orders to come back in 3 or 4 days to have wick removed. All better right? Wrong. Once you had it once it is prone to come back over and over. I got tired in December of being stuck with needles and cut. As it is very traumatic for me. I have a severe phobia of needles that causes me anxiety and panic attacks that I can't control and I don't actually remember losing control of myself I just get told how uncontrolled I get after the fact.The last 2 times I had the procedure the doctor gave me a fistful of tranquilizers that he called a "sedative cocktail" just so he could keep me calm enough to kep me on the tabe to numb me. And as I can't have the surgery for this I kinda gave up. I decided I'd lay in bed and die before they could cut me again. So with the aid of morphine, a dedicated husband, black salve and hot compresses. I let it swell until the pressure was enough to burst through the skin. I spoke with my daughters, endocrinologist about this ( this is not his specialty obviously but hey he is a doctor and very knowledgable.) He told me the steps above (well except the morphine) would make it burst itself. Its just a matter of toughing it out. It hurts, I whine and cry alot, but I get through it as we now do not have insurance do to a lay off at my husbands company, it is the only logical way for me, but it does burst itself it does heal and you are in lots of pain unti it relieves itself. I don't really recommend this, but it is my story. I am very fortunate that the doctor at urgent care that has taken care of it 2 of the 3 times I went in instructed my husband how to care for me, as I'm useless through the majority of it. He also perscribes me antibiotics and morphine with each reoccurance as he thinks the lancing procedure is more torture for me than the tough it out process.
@AmAllen (119)
• United States
27 Apr 09
that was a typo not 65 reoccurances 6 so sorry for the slip of the fingers