blue, your post touches home.
The big question for me, which of course there is not a black and white answer, is if you have this fix surgery, what are the possible risks, complications? And what are the impact of those on how you want to live your life?
Can the wound get worse? I don't understand fully the problem with your wound, but will he be removing, the unhealed bad part, getting all the way down to core tissue, so it can heal properly from the beginning?
I wouldn't be worried about
when to do it, that's an easy decision.
The big decision is, can the benefit outweigh potential risks. I mean if all you have to do is use a cushion every now and then, is that really a big deal? Verse, what if you end of with a bigger wound, abscess, or other problems. As I said, I don't really understand what your plastics guy is doing and what is wrong with your wound. But maybe if you can take it out of the surgery details and look at it in terms of impact on your life. So using a cushion, not using a cushion, are you in pain, will you be able to do more activities, etc..? You said "more function".. so what does that really mean in terms of your quality of life. Maybe try to really detail that out for yourself.
I know this stuff is hard and discomforting decision. My chronic butt wound problems are different than yours, but I can relate to the difficulty in having to make a surgery decision. Think I've had 9 EUA surgeries and multiple experimental endoscopy injection procedures trying to get the wound/sinus tract to heal in the last 15months, some of which resulted in a week long hospital stay. I just got a confirmed date today for a colorectal/plastic surgeon "double doctor" surgery for gracilis repair for my butt wound. Big big surgery and because I have two top CC surgeons involved, it isn't scheduled for a few more months. So I have plenty of time to keep thinking about
it and might just back out of it!
For me, I am in pain, it increases when I try to get back to physical activity- like walking a lot, forget running. I miss my active life - biking, want to be able to sit or stand without pain increasing for longer periods of time. Some experimental things that were tried to heal it.. seem to have caused other gynecological problems.. probable fistula (MRI later this week to check on that!).
I am petrified of my upcoming surgery as they will be cutting the gracilis muscle out of one or both of my legs and using that to fix the wound after the wound is cored out (think auger) and made much larger to get to good tissue. In my head, I am thinking about
what if this surgery doesn't work, I will have a larger unhealed wound and potentially a messed up leg or two, and of course all the normal "whole body" risks and potential complications from a major surgery.
So not to switch your post to focus on me, just wanted you to see what I've been thinking about
for months. And it was strange to see your post today, when I just got a surgery date confirmed today.
Post Edited (ddd45) : 6/24/2013 9:44:04 PM (GMT-6)