Hi, I am new to this site and hope that there is someone out there who can offer me some advice. Last November I was diagnosed with mouth cancer and 5 weeks later was admitted to hospital for surgery. The operation took 15 hours and involved removing part of my jaw and having a flap fitted. The vein and skin was taken from my left arm. I had to return to the theatre the following day for a further 3 hour operation as they discovered a problem with the flap. I was put into intensive care and it was a further 4 days before I was brought round. I spent a further 2 weeks in hospital. In January of this year the consultant said that he had got all of the cancer and I would not need chemo or radiotherapy. I am now at the stage where my mouth is healing and it feels very tight especially in the morning and I really have to force it open, have other people experienced this and does it get better. My consultant said everybody is different. I know that I have been very lucky with the cancer being caught early, but am finding the after effects frightening of which I have quite a few.