I still have a hole and pain 4 months after marsupialization

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I had a bartholin's cyst (which was very deep in the gland) removed by marsupialization 4 months ago but I still have a large hole where they performed the surgery and I'm getting an aching pain, simliar to when you have a cyst forming, in the area. The pain isn't everyday but I seem to get whiteish discharge every couple of days. 

I have no idea what's going on. The 5 prevous marsupializations I had healed up within 2/3 weeks and I wasn't left with any pain or holes, yet this time seems to be going wrong. The stitches have completely gone, so I don't know how the hole will close up and I'm really worried about the pain.

I know it sounds stupid but having a massive hole down below is getting me down as it just looks ugly. Whenever the pain starts I'm completely paranoid that I'm getting another cyst and spend most ages checking with a mirror that there's nothing there.

I'd really appriciate any help or advice from you lovely ladies x

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    hello poppy hope you feel better .i know from experience that it is first awful and painful . second that the pain can last a lot and be more intense if you think about it. a very big part of the pain is psychological but i myself dont know how to handle it .did you have 5 surgeries or drainage ? i had a lot of discarge when i was most worried and frightened did get much better with time . wish u luck ! 
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      I 5 surgeries but all of the incisions healed up really quickly and I wasn't left with any holes or discharge. I just really want this to go away now, I've had 11 bartholin's cysts in the space of 9 years and it's becoming unbearable.
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    Hi poppy, I have had 1 bartholins abscess in February . I haven't had surgery but had a biopsy taken. I had a biopsy as I had what I know now to be granular tissue which looks like a pice of skin attached near where the abcess  area was. Behind that there is what I can only say looks like a whole, or tunnel be hind the thing I explained previous. It's sore most of the time and bleeds from time to time,

    the point I'm getting to is the whole. Although I think it's separate as its underneath the granular tissue it might be of the same origin. When I googled it, it explained it grows over the top of a healing area because the underneath hasn't healed. So I am wondering is my whole and possible yours an area that still needs to heal from inside out. This is what I hope is happening. When I've asked others about this before I didn't seem get a response to the whole description.  If yours is the start of granular tissue or the whole is part of it, what I've read which is successfull is silver nitrate treatment. The other to me seems pointless the tissue is removed which then results in more scar tissue which is what granular tissue is.

    the other thing I have thought is it a whole which the infection has left?  Like you I'm looking in the mirror every five minutes. I haven't got a problem going to see the gyne I just feel really embarrassed with the doctors at my surgery as when I explain what's going on they look at me blank.

    i hope you feel better soon.

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      It does seem like a whole/tunnel. The surgical incision was really large and it seems like the whole has only closed up to a certain point and then stopped. I've tried looking online but there's no real answer and I'm struggling to get a doctors appointment. 

      I hope you feel better soon too.

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    It sounds a bit like me after my first operation, but it was more like a month, rather than 4 months. My stitches dissolved before the hole closed up, which worried me, but slowly and surely it did close up. I hope it heals soon and that you get to see a doctor. 
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