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Could you have a tongue piercing while getting jaw surgery?

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Dr. James Bates
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 36 years experience
Dumb idea, NO!: I don't know any self-respecting oral surgeon that would pierce your tongue while you're having jaw surgery.
Dr. Ronald Achong
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Why would you?: Tongue piercing is not a medical procedure and no surgeon will do such a thing during jaw surgery. Furthermore, tongue rings fracture teeth overtime.
Dr. Majid Jamali
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
Jaw surgery: I recommend taking your piercing out prior to your surgery. This could get dislodged to your lungs.
Dr. David Schleimer
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NO!: Gone are the days of the "barber surgeon"; todays medical ethics dictate proper procedural behavior. I believe that any surgeon who would place a tongue piercing during another procedure should be considered morally bankrupt and scrupulously avoided. Could it be done? Yes. Should it? No!

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