It is a difficult thing to receive a tough diagnosis. My grandfather received one in the early ‘60s, and the consequence was a laryngectomy at a time when the treatment was deeply impacting. I received the diagnosis of a dysplasia under the left side of my tongue, and my initial thought was of my grandfather and how radically different his life was from that moment onward.
Fortunately, medicine has traveled far in the intervening years, and the top care offered by Dr. Frank Mauldin at Carolina ENT was a far cry from the care available to my grandfather. The reasonable course of action emphasized always was how to minimize the impact on my ability to function normally without visible consequence while maximizing the care protocol for best outcomes.
Surgery is never fun, and surgery on a sensitive area such as the tongue does give one pause, but Dr. Mauldin and his staff chose a course that included the least amount of surgery necessary, and followed up with a treatment program that continues to keep me healthy. The impact on eating and talking was minimal, and the problem is currently resolved with a topical rinse. Speech is as normal as ever, and the ability to eat and taste is also unaffected.
I would not hesitate to give my highest recommendation for this wonderful caring and competent staff. They are simply the best. Deb Wakefield.