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Tongue Suture Experience #200530
11-01-2020 01:35 PM
11-01-2020 01:35 PM
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I recently was diagnosed with a new SCC on my far back, right side of tongue. I had a partial glossectomy just over a week ago. It is considered a new cancer since my original throat cancer, SCC was 9 years ago which was treated with radiation and chemo.
My original surgeon had recommended leaving the tongue heal on its own, no sutures. However, he hurt his back and was unable to do the surgery. There was no date for his return and it was not in my best interest to delay the surgery. I was then recommended a surgeon from the same team at the same CCC facility. I had not met him before but I did get to meet him about a week prior to the surgery date. It had been 2 months since I had found the questionable area.
He did not know what he was going to do until he was going in...sutures or open wound for recovery. I trusted it was a decision that needed to be made as I was on the table. I have sutures. It is still painful although I am mainly taking extra strength tylenol. I had a bad side effect to one of the drugs and did not need the oxycodone.
So I am wondering if anyone would be interested in sharing their experience with sutures. I am a bit concerned about the limitation I feel in trying to use my tongue. I understand it is early in my recovery but I was also told that some patients return to work in a week or two. That will not happen with me, I am a Kindergarten teacher. I need everything working pretty efficiently to step back into the classroom.
Thanks for any insight you might be interested in sharing with me.
Nona Chris


61 years old
Nona to Alora, Emery, Ilyana, Harper, Nolan, & Rory. Yogini since 2012. Namaste.

Diagnosed 10/5/20 Oral Cancer/ RT side of tongue SCC Stage I Partial Glossectomy 10/23/20
BOT SCC 1/18/11 Stage IV N3 M0 HPV+ Port2/18/11
Treatment start 2/22
CISplatin 2rnds, Rads:35 treatments
July 12 doctors' deemed me cancer free-port out July 18.
Non-smoker, was a light-drinker No drinking since diagnosis
Re: Tongue Suture Experience [Re: NonaChris] #200549
11-17-2020 03:56 AM
11-17-2020 03:56 AM
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San Antonio, Texas
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Mokie Offline
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Hi NonaChris. Sorry to hear of your new cancer. Are they considering this a reoccurrence?
I also had SCC Stage 1, but to the Rt. lateral tongue. Surgery was 7/22/2019. Still high risk for reoccurrence for one more year. My surgery was done with laser and scalpal, then closed with dissolvable sutures. I had a problem with sutures coming through the tongue as it healed. I had small amt of yellow bloody drainage where one of the sutures was coming through, but surgeon said it was not infected. Eventually all healed well. Lots of burning pain that lasted months. Took low doses of Tramadol for the first week, then Tylenol and later Gabapentin that was given to me for arthritic pain but worked well for my tongue pain that was persistent for several months. More burning type pain than anything and certain foods seemed to set it off.
The staging when you get it will determine the treatment needed that I’m sure your aware of. Keep us updated please.


SSC Lt sublingual tongue; Age 62
Positive biopsy 20June2019
Staging done 2 Jul : Stage 1
Quit smoking 15 years ago; not a drinker; no HPV
Pet/ CT 6Jul2019 : Negative. Not even the Lt tongue lit up.
Partial Glossectomy 22Jul2019

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