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Had a swelling in my neck 3 mths ago, went to the docters and they didn't know what it was as it only really flared up once i eat. I then ended up in a&e with alot of pain in my jawline area and swelling, it turned out that i had a submandibular stone (5mm). Luckily enough i worked for the NHS and i didn't have to wait too long to see a max fax cons. After seeing him and having a siolagram, he told me that i would have to have my submandibular gland removed as the stone was too close to it. I agreed and not too long after that i was booked in to have the op. This was a simple procedure (i was told) and it would only take 45min. After waking up after surgery it turned out that the op did not go as planned, and it took a whopping 4 hrs. The pain was intense and 4 wks later there is still swelling under my chin and i can barely open my mouth. My jawline feels numb and i have a very wonky smile. The cons said that my wonky smile should recover over a 6mth period, (as my nerves had been stretched)but i don't think i will ever get my smile back - which worries me intensley.
I am still in pain, but the pain is not as bad as when the op was first done -and i can see an improvement. The scar on my neck is about 4-5 inches long - but as the docter used glue, you can hardly see it now as its beginning to fade. I just wished i could have my smile back. After seeing the stone, its amazing to see how something so small can cause such havoc. My neck now feels hard where the gland used to be and i do not have a dry mouth - as i thought i would - there seems to be no difference there. On eating i feel fine ( only after 3 wks though ! ).
So was the op worth it?? Well i've yet to find out. I must say its nice to be able to eat without having any probs, but if my smile never comes back - well then in that case i'm afraid i would rather have kept my stone and my smile. But we'll see if the docs right about it coming back. I'll keep you guys posted. Good luck to anyone considering having it done. Its definately not pain free :?
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