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I had surgery to rempove my left submandibular saliva gland under general anesthetic a month ago. Shortly after leaving the recovery room to go back to the ward, the artery in my neck burst and I was rushed back in for emergency surgery to repair it. I was unconcious and intubated for 14hrs before waking up in intensive care. A bit scary to say the least.
I was made aware of the risk of a bleed before the operation but was more concerned with the possibility of permanent nerve damage. It was explained that a bleed was VERY rare and so I didn't feel to worried.
What I would like to know though, is the artery cut during the operation to facilitate removal of the gland or has it been cut in error during the operation? The cause of the bleed was that the staples gave way and the artery bled into the wound...rapidly!
I'm going back to see the consultant in a few days with most of the swelling and deep, dark purple bruising around my neck area now gone ( there was a lot! ). The area directly below the scar however, is still about the size of a large egg and doesn't seem to be getting any smaller.
Any advice or anecdotal knowledge would be appreciated.
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