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Tongue Reduction Surgery: What To Know About Potential Side Effects


Posted on 6/15/2024 by Dr. Michael Allard
White dentist helping her patient fill out insurance paperwork on a clipboardTongue reduction surgery, performed to address an enlarged tongue, can significantly improve quality of life. Yet, like any surgery, it carries inherent risks and potential complications. While uncommon, some side effects can significantly impact speech, taste, and swallowing.

Potential Issues After Tongue Reduction Surgery


Temporary Tingling and Taste Troubles:
During surgery, nerves in the tongue can be disturbed. This can lead to temporary numbness or tingling. Taste buds may also be affected, causing a metallic taste or a general dulling of flavor perception. Usually, these issues resolve within a few weeks or months as the nerves heal.

Speech Difficulties:
The tongue plays a crucial role in speech production. Following surgery, swelling and altered tongue movement can make speaking challenging. Speech therapy can be incredibly beneficial in regaining clear and concise speech.

Swallowing Challenges:
Consuming food and beverages safely requires precise tongue coordination. Surgery can disrupt this delicate balance, leading to difficulty swallowing or dysphagia. Special exercises and dietary adjustments can help retrain the swallowing muscles and ensure safe food intake.

Swelling and Bleeding:
As with any surgery, swelling and some bleeding are expected after tongue reduction. Doctors prescribe medication to manage discomfort. Following post-operative instructions carefully is crucial to minimize these temporary side effects.

Undone Stitches:
There is a slight possibility of stitches coming undone. If this occurs, a medical professional will assess whether additional surgery is necessary to re-stitch the tongue. However, any such complication is unlikely to result in long-term issues.

Consult With Our Oral Surgeon


Fortunately, these complications are relatively rare, and advancements in surgical techniques continue to minimize risks. Consulting a qualified oral surgeon experienced in tongue reduction surgery is crucial. They can thoroughly discuss the potential side effects and tailor the procedure to reduce risks.

A comprehensive discussion with our oral surgeon doctor is vital if you are considering tongue reduction surgery. Weighing the potential benefits against the possible complications will empower you to make an informed decision about your healthcare.


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