Jaw Reconstruction after Cancer
Regarding jaw reconstructive surgery, Dr. Xiaoti Xu, Plastic Surgeon at West Kendall Baptist Hospital, says it is a lot more functional effective than breast reconstruction, for example. "If you have cancer of the jaw and someone removes a piece of your jaw, you need reconstruction. There's no way you can just be left without a jaw or just having a hole in that area," he points out.
He explains the most common way to reconstruct that area is using a bone from your leg and taking the blood vessels from there and reconnecting them to recreate that bone, so that way you can get the shape and the strength back.