A Physician's Personal Experience with Trismus
Recently, I came across a YouTube video, made by Atos, in which a physician was interviewed about his severe trismus and the impact of Therabite on his quality of life. The doctor being interviewed was diagnosed with base of tongue cancer in 2009 and had extensive radiotherapy and multiple operations to remove the cancer.
As I watched the video, I could see the doctor, Dr. Keil, struggle with swallowing his secretions and xerostomia. Although my computer volume was as high as it could go and the doctor was wearing a microphone, his muffled speech from the trismus and surgeries made it difficult to capture important details of his story. Even the closed caption could not adequately relay his speech. Sadly, Dr. Keil makes multiple statements about that the "isolation," "social," and "mental" he has experienced as a result of trismus and dysphagia, which he says have been most devastating to his quality of life.
Watch the 10-minute video and additional comments below.