Surgical Treatment of Macroglossia

Also known as: surgical treatment of enlarged tongue, macroglossia surgery.

What is surgical treatment of macroglossia?

Macroglossia is the medical term for an abnormally large tongue that is present at birth. In some cases, surgery is required to treat the problem and help the patient eat, breathe and speak better.

What happens during the procedure?

The surgery that is typically required for macroglossia is known as a resection. This involves the surgical removal of a portion of the tongue. The size and specific portion of tongue removed can vary from patient to patient. The rest of the tongue is then stitched back together and allowed to heal.

Is any special preparation needed?

You may need to avoid food, drink and medication for a specific amount of time before and after the treatment.

What are the risk factors?

Pain, inflammation, bleeding and swelling are common side effects of surgical treatment of macroglossia. It may take several days before the patient can resume normal use of the tongue, including eating and drinking.


Reviewed by: Chad A Perlyn, MD

This page was last updated on: 7/9/2018 5:21:19 PM

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