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Tongue Numbness

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:27 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Has anyone ever had tongue numbness after low back surgery? I thought maybe my tongue was pinched between my lips and the tube they put down my throat and the circulation was cut off. It's been a week since my surgery and my tongue is still numb.



  • I would call the Surgeon with that question if I were you. It could be temporary but just to ease any thoughts it's best to call the Dr. to ease your mind over the weekend. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Mine was swollen and numb for about 5 weeks after L5S1 fusion. I woke up in recovery complaining about my tongue. Dr said it was from position you are in and was not concerned.
  • I did call the surgeon's office....the P.A. there had never heard of it....I have an appointment on Tuesday for follow up and will talk with them then about it...

    I'm sure it's nothing to worry about, but it's just driving me crazy.

  • I find it funny that no one has ever heard of tongue numbness after surgery yet there are many posts here to save my sanity. Many physicians say, "I have not not heard of that before" I believe they need to take a look at this blog because it is disturbing to me that I have damage to my tongue after surgery. i truly think part of the problem is that the anesthesiologist only sees you in the post op room, and no office follow ups to hear your complaints of tongue numbness. I see lots of posts that this can occur but how many have resolved? and how long? I am worried.
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