Hi there... did you have rads or chemo? I doesnt sound like you did... I had the exact same surgery but lost maybe a third of my tongue. (I also had rads and chemo) I do have sensation in it and it's a little swollen still from the radiation, but had they not cooked it I think it would be fine. I sometimes almost bite it but I feel a what's like a bee sting so I know what's up and catch myself before I really mangle it. I think your tongue may have been a bit swollen (especially if you had a neck dissection) and now that the swelling has resolved, and your lymph has built new pathways, its a bit bigger in terms of width since it's probably thinned out depth wise. they can revise the graft at some point. My surgeon who is quite awesome if he does say so himself (and rightly so I suppose) he has told me a few times he could revise it and my trache scar. When he said that to me last october, I wasn't in any hurry to let him back in my mouth. Plus my plastic surgeon, who worked with him during the surgery told me to wait as my tongue would still shrink, since radiation naturally thins things out... I was in total agreement. How is your speech?
Cheryl : Irritation - 2004 BX: 6/2008 : Inflam. BX: 12/10, DX: 12/10 : SCC - LS tongue well dif. T2N1M0. 2/11 hemigloss + recon. : PND - 40 nodes - 39 clear. 3/11 - 5/11 IMRT 33 + cis x2, PEG 3/28/11 - 5/19/11 3 head, 2 chest scans - clear(fingers crossed) HPV-, No smoke, drink, or drugs, Vegan