Jun 25, 2012 - 9:35 pm
I have done tons of research on the best doctor and the best medical facility to have this procedure done.
I have very strong opinions about this but hoping not to offend anyone would be willing to share them if there is interest. I was initially diagnosed with Stage 4 oral cancer of the tongue in 2002, I have had 5 surgeries since then at the best hospitals and with the best surgeons in chicago.
Being doubly radiated (ugh!) my jawbone started to deteriorate in 2011 to the point that I was in indescribable pain for the entire year. I had several "holes' in my chin that drained fluid constantly. I was a sight!
I am at this moment 8 weeks post surgery for a complete jawbone replacement and neck skin replacement! I was fortunate to have Dr. YU (Reconstructive Surgeon) at MD Anderson with Dr. Meyer (Otolaryngologist and surgeon) as team member! I had put off the surgery for an entire year because of fear! Fear of losing my speech and my ability to swallow liquids to some degree. Fear of the pain and surgery itself. Fear of yet another medical failure! Nevertheless it ws the ast stop !
I sit here a complete success having no pain for the first time in years. I don't want to take up a lot of space on this blog with such a specific topic but if anyone would like to contact me directly please feel free to do so: firstname.lastname@example.org