Glossectomy Complications

Learn how your age, health condition, pregnancy, medical history and more could impact potential Glossectomy complications.

Glossectomy Risk Factors


Alternate Names for Glossectomy:
Hemiglossectomy
Partial glossectomy
Total glossectomy

Possible Complications

Complications are rare, but 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
  • Difficulty speaking
  • 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.


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Learn what Glossectomy is
What Is
Learn what the procedure is. Find out how it is performed.
Reasons For Glossectomy
Reasons For
Find out why and when this procedure should be done.
Glossectomy Complications
Complications
Learn about possible complications and what might increase the risk of them.
Glossectomy Details
What to Expect
Find out how long it will take, what they will be doing and what to expect afterwards.
Glossectomy Results
Results
What are the next steps and other possible tests needed after you have received the results.
When to Contact Doctor about Glossectomy
Call Your Doctor
What to look out for and when to call your doctor after a procedure has been done.

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