"Laser surgery to tongue."

About: Chesterfield Royal Hospital / Maxillo-Facial surgery

(as the patient),

I was admitted to Chesterfield Royal Hospital in August 2010 for laser surgery to my tongue. My tongue had developed some white marks over 2 or 3 years and my consultant Mr Doyle deemed it prudent to remove a section of my tongue even though a biopsy of the affected area had proved to be negative. I arrived at about 07:00 hrs on the morning the operation was to take place, and checked in to Barnes Ward. The staff were very friendly and helpful. I was taken down to the theatre at about 09:00 where the procedure was fully explained to me by a lady anaesthetist and woke up back in the ward around lunchtime. When I woke up my tongue was so sore I could'nt speak but I managed to write a note and handed it to a nurse who was working in the area. The note was to tell her I could'nt speak and that my mouth was full of liquid I could not expel. She very kindly brought a bowl for me to spit into, then I noticed it was blood in my mouth. That was a little worrying but it did'nt last for long. By teatime I could manage to eat something soft and not to hot so I hadd fish pie and mashed potatoes. I was discharged the next day but the next couple of weeks it was very painful eating, and quite difficult to drink without choking myself, now 2 months later everything is fine again, the biopsy found nothing to be concerned about.

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