Friday, December 20, 2013

No tongue flap!!

Emily's out of surgery and her surgeon just came by. Everything went really well and by the time they were ready to close the final hole, the surgeon decided it really wasn't big enough to warrant a tongue flap. :) :) Instead he used a buccal flap. (Yeah, I didn't know what it was either. I just Googled it.) Essentially he took another flap from her cheek, but from within the cheek (part of the fat pad). So she now has two cheek flaps (one on each side) that are attached to her cheeks and sewn to her palate. The great news is that the flaps do not impair her speech!

She will be on a completely liquid diet until her follow-up appointment which will be the week after Christmas, but yay for no tongue flap! Waiting for a call from recovery and then we'll see where we go from there.


Jean said...

That sounds great except for the liquid diet through Christmas. I hope she does better with the anesthestic this time and isn't as sick. And I assume she didn't have to go to ICU since they didn't do the tongue flap? Tell Emily we are thinking of her.

Dawn said...

Yay! Hope this is it!