Doctors remove lower jaw, reconstruct it from leg bone

JAIPUR: Doctors at SMS Hospital reconstructed the lower jaw of a patient after it was removed along with a massive tumor. It took surgeons at the plastic surgery ward nearly six hours to remove the nearly two kilogram tumor and reconstruct the lower jaw from the fibula bone of the patient. The patient, after undergoing the complex surgery on Monday, is showing steady recovery at the intensive care unit of the hospital.

“The tumor of the patient had grown big and the lower jaw had to be removed. At the same time, it was necessary to restore the removed part replaced to enable the patient lead a normal life,” said Dr Pradip Goyal, professor of plastic surgery.

The patient, Imarta, a 50 -year-old man from Baran district, had been suffering from the tumor for almost four years. The tumor was due to bone cancer and had spread to most part of the lower jaw. Nearly a 10 x 15 centimetre in size, the tumor had caused the lower jaw of the patient to bulge out.

It was, however, the financial constraints that prevented Imarta to gain access to treatment earlier. A below poverty line patient, he was brought to SMS hospital on November 25. The cancer has spread to a major part of the patient’s face and he was referred to the plastic surgery department. The doctors decided to remove the tumor surgically; they also had to remove the lower jaw as the bone was surrounded by the cancerous growth. It was also the jaw bone that the doctors suspected to have caused the cancer.

Absence of the lower jaw bone would have made life more complex for the patient and the doctors thought to reconstruct the entire jaw through another bone. The entire treatment was performed free of cost at the hospital as a further delay in treatment could have been threatening to the patient’s life.

“It is difficult to predict the exact cause of the cancer. However, it was developed around the bone and continued to spread in negligence of the early symptoms,” said a doctor. “However, after the surgery, the tumor has been completely removed and the patient is showing good recovery, it will take him a few months to get adjusted to the reconstructed bone but he will be able to live a normal life,” he added.

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