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Glossectomy Side Effects and Warnings

Written by FoundHealth.

Possible Complications

No procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have glossectomy, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Tongue bleeding
  • Infection
  • Airway blockage from swelling and bleeding
  • Trouble swallowing and aspiration of liquids
  • Being unable to speak
  • Weight loss
  • Failure of flap—occurs when transplanted skin or flap does not get enough blood flow
  • Recurrence of cancer

Some factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • Lung disease
  • Large tumors
  • Malnutrition
  • Alcoholism
  • Smoking
  • Prior radiation
  • Prior chemotherapy
  • Diabetes

Be sure to discuss these risks with your doctor before the surgery.

Call Your Doctor

After you leave the hospital, call your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
  • Difficulty swallowing or choking on food or liquids
  • Swelling, excessive bleeding, or discharge from mouth
  • Pain and/or swelling in the feet, calves, or legs
  • Problems with urination
  • Cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, or severe nausea or vomiting
  • Increased pain
  • Any other worrisome symptom

In case of emergency, CALL 911.

 
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