May 04, 2011 - 4:30 pm
I am scheduled for jawbone replacement in 6 days. I have osteoradionecrosis from intensive radiation 10 yrs ago. Has anyone had this operation where they take out a part of the jawbone and replace it with bone from the fibula (leg)? If so how did it go? How are you now? Do you know of any other options available? The prognosis is bad. Disfigurement, possible loss of speech and ability to swallow as well as other equally negative possibilities. They say that if I don't have the surgery, the jawbone will fracture, cause infection and make future surgery after that even more risky. I am at MD Anderson and have the best surgeons who have done more than 50 of these operations, but am very nervous about going ahead. Any info or personal comments would be be appreciated.