Hemiglossectomy is a procedure to remove part of the tongue and the adjacent tissues. It is mainly performed when a cancerous mass is found on the tongue. Risks of the surgery include infection, possible bleeding of the tongue, difficulty swallowing, recurrence of the cancer, and difficulty talking. Recovery time is a few weeks and involves good oral hygiene, a soft foods diet, speech therapy, and rest.
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