Anesthesiology/Tongue numbness following LMA use
I had eye surgery earlier this week (pterygium excision with graft) as an outpatient at the local hospital. When I originally saw my opthamologist a month ago, he told me the procedure would be done using topical anesthesia with some IV sedation. When I arrived at the hospital for surgery, I learned that I would be receiving general anesthesia. I was surprised, but not concerned. The CRNA met me in my pre-op prep cubicle and told me what to expect regards to pre-oxygenation, that he would then be giving me propofol to induce anesthesia. All went well (from my point of view) until I awoke from anesthesia and found the tip of my tongue was numb, which I told the same-day-surgery nurses about. I've since read that this numbness can be caused by use of an LMA and is usually transient, resolving over 1-2 weeks. My question is whether anything can be done to accelerate the healing of the affected nerve and speed the resolution of the numbness? Thank you.
I don't know any way to accelerate the healing of a nerve or muscle compression causing your symptoms--as long as your tongue has a good blood supply (and why wouldn't it?) it should heal itself in due time. Perhaps avoiding cold drinks and the like which can result in vasoconstriction would be a good course to follow (?).