An interesting case of autografting

December 17, 2007 § 7 Comments

This autumn I had the privilege of documenting several operations for head and neck cancer. Some of the most fascinating operations involved the use of an autograft to replace the resected cancerous structures.

One of these operations was performed on a patient with cancer of the gingiva (gums). The tumor had infiltrated the mandibular bone and the surgeons had decided to remove the tumor and a part of the mandible.

In order to make a functional jaw, they were going to cut out a segment of the patient’s fibula (calf bone) and reconstruct the mandible.

Resected mandibular bone segment

The resected segment of the mandible with a tooth. The missing teeth are replaced with a dental prosthesis.

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