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A 48-year-old female asked:

small fibroma removed from tip of my tongue yesterday w/sutures too.today my tongue is minimally swollen in and around that area.is this common/no?

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Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 41 years experience
Of course, cutting: tissue to remove tissue means creating damage (partially controlled) to tissue & capillaries, thus leaking cut blood vessels, damaged cells & cellular debris attracting white blood cells to clean-up the debris are all inherent, health (hopefully) restoring processes which create swelling & possible resulting tenderness/pain. Key to good surgery: minimizing collateral damage in ways easing healing.

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