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Electro-cautery tongue split healing experience
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June 27, 2011
8:04 am
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5/6 days in….

Still no pain to mention, although it stings a bit if i eat or drink anything acidic. Swelling not really an issue, and i don't need regular ibuprofen.

The cut surfaces are covered in an off white layer of slime, which i assume is an oral scab. It's comes off in a few areas and there's reddy pink but healed skin underneath. Not tender to the touch and eating is fine (with a bit of adjustment)

The v of the cut has slightly stuck together (after a night's sleep usually), so a couple of times a day i pull it apart and it gets a good scouring with an electric toothbrush. This is unpleasant but easily tolerable.

I have a slight intermittent lisp, but it seems to be getting better already, and others don't seem to notice unless i point it out.

 

Feel free to ask any questions!

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
June 27, 2011
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So after they had bisected your tongue you had your mod artist use a electro-cautery pen to stop the bleeding? When I got my tongue bisected we just let it bleed out. The whole process took about 15 mins from the time we started to me walking out of the shop. The tongue clots blood very easy and to suture the open wound or to electro-cautery just kinda seems unpleasant for the healing process. My did get that white film over the cuts too as well. But yeah other than that full healing time usually takes about a month or so. But for me I was back to eating regular foods within a week.

June 28, 2011
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My tongue was cut using an electrocautery scalpel, rather than a regular thermal one. It was set for 'cut and coagulate', so that it cauterised as it went and left no bleeding.

Electrocautery can be a bit misleading as a term, as it can mean a unit which heats a tip (thermal) or in this case one which discharges electricity to vapourise tissue, and you have to sit on a grounding plate (as in this case). In the latter it causes very little damage to surrounding tissue, as that isn't heated, as in regular branding or thermal electrocautery. I don't mean to patronise if you knew this, but the two types are often confused.

I tend to bleed a fair bit, and have 2 very juicy arterioles nearish the centre of my tongue, so that was a significant reason for the method used. Others reasons are that it may cause less regrowth, and a quicker healing time. My artist reckons it leaves a better looking result too, although i think it's more down to the artist than he method from what i've seen.

I could eat most food that day, and anything a couple of days later.

I was quoted 7-10 days for inital healing, 2-3 weeks for fully healed and settled, so we'll see!

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July 1, 2011
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Days 7/8 have not been very nice! Confused

I began to feel increasing stinging and sensitivity to touch. Some areas appeared ulcerated, and there were some fissures/cracks down the cut puts. I figured out that i had candidiasis when it spread outside the wound area, and have got some medication on day 8.

It's not something i've heard of as risk with a split, and my hygine and aftercare has been good (chlorhexadine alcohol free mouth wash bd, and saline rinse after eating or drinking), but on research it is very common in cases with large oral lesions.

It got to the stage that it was stinging and burning constantly, and any touch was like putting salt on an ulcer. I couldn't eat or drinking anything, even water was painful. I tried a suphuric acid treatment for the ulceration out of desperation, which was much more painful than the split itself!Yell Helped locally when i'd stopped crying, but not enough to be worth it!

Anyway day 9, i woke up with very little pain, and the antifungal seeems to have worked. Throughout the day it's appeared to heal very rapidly. and is now virtually pain free. 95% looks pink and a bit raw, but no white or ulceration.

I am now hopeful that the inital healing phase is nearly over.Cool

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July 9, 2011
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Thought i'd update….

 

Things settled right down after i last posted, and it's healing very well. There's still a little white 'scabbing' but not much, and no discomfort or difficulty using it.

It tends to try and heal together at the base a bit over night, but is quickly pulled apart and given a scrub with a clean toothbrush, which seems to have stopped regrowth. I've been getting less of it in recent days, but still have some. No bleeding or anything when pulling it apart, and it isn't painful at all.

 

I'm starting to learn a few tricks with it too!

Anyone got any ideas or tips?

Lizardman can move each half up and down independantly, but i can't work out how yet!

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