15/09/2016 6:31 PM IST | Updated 15/09/2016 7:03 PM IST

Arvind Kejriwal Advised No Talking After Tongue Surgery

Kejriwal has suffered from a persistent cough for over 40 years.

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Doctors have advised Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal against talking for a couple of days, allowing him to recover from a five-hour long surgery he underwent at Naryana Health City in Bangalore to cure a persistent cough.

The cough, in part, was caused because of an enlarged tongue, which was corrected by "the repositioning of the tongue-base relationship along with the re-organisation of the chin area," the hospital said in a press release.

"The recovery for such a long-standing problem with its own functional accommodation will be gradual. Based on his recovery on Thursday, the doctors will advise him on when he can start talking," a spokesperson at the hospital said.

"There was a restricted space for the movement of his tongue and an enlarged soft palate and uvula in relation to a slight increase in the volume of the tongue that caused kinematic problems in the function. The surgery involved correction of a significant septal spur and palato-pharyngeal (small muscle at the roof of the mouth) correction. There was repositioning of the tongue-base relationship along with the reorganisation of the chin area. The aim of the correction was functional restoration rather than that of a disease." - Mazumdar Shaw Medical Centre, Narayana Health.

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