Sep 12, 2013 - 11:42 pm
I had robotic tonsil surgery (cancerous T3 N0 M0) and total neck dissection - removal of 131 lymph nodes (no cancer) ...since then I have Hypoglossal nerve damage - half my tongue is completely numb - when I stick out my tongue it points towards the dead - damaged side. The pain and discomfort are constant . When just starting the day or when tired at end of the day I slur my words.
This occurred in January 2012 my EX surgeon told me for months that my numb, dead tongue was from the "retractor" he used during the surgery and THAT IT WOULD GO AWAY EVENTUALLY. It hasnt gone away and research tells me it is a known complication from the surgery done for lymph node removal during neck disection.
I left the surgeon because he was more concerned with being sued - which WAS the last thing on my mind. His constant refusal to even discuss why I have such discomfort with my tongue became disappointing if not annoying. I could handle the truth and chalk it up to collateral damage from the cancer surgery but I ended up getting a con job explanation - Any Doctor / Patient trust relationship is gone.
Does anyone else have Nerve Damage after Neck Dissection?