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    Eating after Lip Flap surgery

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      GregP_WN

      I had a tonsil that was malignant and it was taken out, followed by a radical neck dissection. Those two were tough surgeries and I was told prior to them that I wouldn't be able to eat and would have to have a tube. I didn't want one and had to fight them off to keep one out of me. They told me I wouldn't be able to eat at all. But I did and made it through OK. It was hard eating, with the sores that come with radiation and chemo, but I made it. Each of us is different in what we can tolerate and how our body will heal. And, the type of surgery is different for most. I would be prepared to have one, and at any time you feel like it's not needed, you can always have it taken out.

      We wish you the best, let us know how you do with it.

      14 days ago
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      meyati

      I had to go to a surgery ward for a noncancer problem about 2 months after my radiation was done. They served me food and I couldn't get a spoon in my mouth, so I threw the food at the staff. My son got me sandwiches cut in small pieces, and I sort of sucked on them.

      After the lip surgery, I was told to eat popsicles and jello for the first few days. I ate cold puddings, cold gello, .popsicle slivers, slivers of hot dogs, because I couldn't open my mouth big enough to get it around a popsicle.
      My eating troubles were mostly that my mouth swelled almost shut. Hurt so bad. I ate cold things, used cold packs.

      Because of my lip, I'd eat thick pudding -with the spoon upside down and I sucked it off the spoon.
      I covered myself with a towel for a bib- I looked like a toddler I couldn't use a straw-still can't

      I had a section of my lip cut out. That section went up into my nose. They cut the side on my nose open, removed part of the side of my nose- cut out the strip-The doctor pulled my face together and sewed it up and sent me home. I looked like a catfish.

      good luck

      13 days ago
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    Recurrent mouth sores

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      patchez0

      I use the biotine mouth wash it seems to help but sores keep reappearing ...dentist says its side effects..... another one I say!

      3 months ago
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      valeriet

      Sorry for your situation. OHNC treatments are daunting. I went thru this 20yrs ago. Your mouth sores, as you saw, should go away eventually following cessation of treatment. These new sores should be seen by an oncology doctor, and he/she should know of the Rx drugs and ointments to treat these sores. I wish you well.

      3 months ago
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      andreacha

      For my mouth sores, I was prescribed something they refer to as "Magic Mouthwash". It's a rinse and spit type of treatment. Only a little is needed each time you use it. I usually hold mine in my mouth for a few minutes until my mouth is numb and then spit it out. I believe it is made with Benadryl, Lidocaine, Maalox, and Nystatin. Your doctor will be familiar with it. Hope you get some relief.

      3 months ago
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    Need a blood transfusion

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      cllinda

      My husband has a universal blood type and he donates every eight weeks. And now that my son is healed, he also donates. Blood is a gift of life.

      4 months ago
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      PaulineJ

      They never gave me a choice in 1998 when I almost died from one out of 3 surgeries they did on my colon.

      4 months ago
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      PaulineJ

      That's what a staff person told me ,about the blood transfusion.>I didn't have a choice.

      4 months ago