My dad had a schwannoma in his neck removed last Thursday. He had a drainage device attached to the surgery site and he was okay for the days where it was there.
We went to see the surgeon who did the surgery for a followup and they removed that drainage device (looked kinda circular with a plastic tube that went into his neck's operative site). However, after we left the doctor, he started having pain from swallowing that radiated from the surgery site (left part of his neck) all the way up through his jaw and up to his head.
We saw the initial referring ENT to see what was up - the ENT says that my dad simply has to take it easy and that this kind of pain in normal. He recommended that my dad does jaw/face exercises (open his mouth wide a few times) to keep the area in "shape". But why did he only have the pain after they took out the drainage device? It only happens when he tries to swallow. Is there something my father should do to speed the recovery? The painkillers that my dad received aren't helping and the doctor said that that's all he can really do - time is the only function that can help with the healing.