• Does anyone have a problem with exposed jawbone after oral cancer surgery?

    Asked by Secondround on Friday, March 7, 2014

    Does anyone have a problem with exposed jawbone after oral cancer surgery?

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    • krbrowndog's Avatar
      krbrowndog

      You would get more and better answers if you were to explain why you have exposed jawbone after surgery, it seems rather odd to me that they would leave jawbone exposed. I had the radical surgery, lymp nodes, teeth pulled out, half my tongue cut out, floor of my mouth cut out and after all that I didn't have exposed jaw bone, it was covered with tissue. A few months after this I had the cancer come back and was referred to more surgery. Fortunately I was given a choice: radiation or surgery. I was happy to choose radiation after going through that nightmare surgery that already had been done. After the surgery the cancer was gone, but I was burned quite bad in places around the cancer and a few months down the road my jaw bone became exposed and also infected ("exposed jaw bone is dead jawbone" this quote from the anal of some obscure brain of Dr. WTF. anyway I digress. I ended up having more surgery; ; this time they scarped away the infected and dead bone and covered it with cadaver tissue and also my own skin from what ever they could get from my gums. This worked pretty well but now there is some exposed jawbone coming back. I take anti-biotics to combat this and can only hope that the healing takes place to finally be done with this. All I can say to you after all this, is make sure you talk to your specialist to get this jawbone covered as quickly as possible to avoid infection and subsequent dead bone, perhaps a prophylactic course of antibiotic if He/She thinks it advisable. I can only say now that I'm very happy that I don't have cancer and that I can still eat with my mouth and not through my nose. Keith

      over 6 years ago
    • Secondround's Avatar
      Secondround

      He had a tumor removed from the floor of the mouth and enough to make clear margins which left a big hole in his mouth. We went to see the surgeon about this. He said there is a very thin layer covering it so it's healing.

      over 6 years ago
    • krbrowndog's Avatar
      krbrowndog

      OK, that makes more sense than a surgeon leaving exposed bone, that would be a real "NO NO" in my book.

      over 6 years ago
    • Jibaro's Avatar
      Jibaro

      Yes. Nothing to do with the surgery, more likely the radiation

      over 3 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      This is usually caused by the radiation killing off cells that help to heal. If you have dental work, there is a good chance that the area will not heal and can lead to Osteoradionecrosis, a very bad problem. I had to have all teeth removed by oral surgeon after my last radiation. They didn't want to because of the chance of this problem. They also wanted to put me through Hyperbaric Oxygen treatment before and after the oral surgery to ensure that I would heal.

      over 3 years ago

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