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Question 10 - Surgery and swelling in the mouth

From: B. R.

I have a question regarding the MMA surgery, I am having this surgery in two months, My question is regarding swelling in the mouth, When I had my UPPA done my tongue swelled up due to the fact that the doctor started the steroids late, since I am a type 1 diabetic.

Do I need to worry about swelling in my mouth? I do know that your face gets very swollen.

Thank you

Answer Provided by Dr. Kasey Li
July 19, 2007

There will be some swelling in the mouth and the throat. The degree of swelling will gradually subside, as the facial swelling. I usually will use steroid even if the patient is diabetic. The blood sugar will be hard to control for a couple of days, but I believe it is worth it.

Good luck

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