During tongue surgery, the size of the tongue is reduced.
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Conditions Treated with Tongue Surgery:
Tongue surgery is utilized to reduce an enlarged tongue due to disease, congenital defect, or nutritional deficiency.
There are no comparable non-surgical or surgical alternatives to tongue surgery.
Anesthesia with Tongue Surgery:
Tongue surgery is performed under local or regional anesthesia. Sedation may or may not be used.
Potential Complications from Tongue Surgery:
Possible risks following tongue surgery include infection, bleeding, blood clots and a negative reaction to the anesthesia that is used. Some patients have difficulty speaking or chewing following the procedure and require speech therapy.
Prognosis after Tongue Surgery:
The prognosis for a positive end result following tongue surgery is good in terms of improving swallowing, chewing and speech.
Recovery from Tongue Surgery:
Recovery time following tongue surgery is about one to two weeks.