Free flap surgery to repair floor of mouth/mandible

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Free flap surgery to repair floor of mouth/mandible

by cherylmae on Sun Jul 25, 2010 01:33 AM

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Hello,

Would like to hear from people who have had the free flap surgery due to cancer in the floor of their mouth and jaw.  My husband had this surgical procedure done on 6/l4/l0.  He had a tumor in the floor of his mouth, had all his lower teeth removed.  They took muscle, artery, etc. from his upper thigh to form the lower jaw.  This graft is still swollen, but is supposed to shrink down to a somewhat normal size in a few months.  Has a G tube in but is starting to eat soft foods, but is very slow in this process.   Will be starting radiation/chemo in a couple weeks.   Any information you can give us would be much appreciated.

 

RE: Free flap surgery to repair floor of mouth/mandible

by REDVETTE on Sat Aug 07, 2010 03:19 AM

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How is your husband doing!   My husband did not have the same thing as yours - but I hope he is doing well!   Hugs and prayers!

RE: Free flap surgery to repair floor of mouth/mandible

by cherylmae on Sat Aug 07, 2010 11:34 AM

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Hello,

Thank you for responding to my message.  My husband has one week in for chemo/radiation, and he is very fatigued.  It's a challenge for him to be able to eat anything by mouth as there is some added swelling since radiation started.  He has the g-tube as his source of nutrition, but it's very hard on me to see him like this.

DId your husband have radiation/chemo too, and if so, do you have any suggestions how to make things easier for him?  Did your husband have neck and head cancer too?  Thank you.

 

Cherylmae

 

RE: Free flap surgery to repair floor of mouth/mandible

by REDVETTE on Sun Aug 08, 2010 03:54 AM

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Yes, my husband had a tumor on the base of his tongue, one on his vocal chord and his tonsil was encapsulated with a tumor.   By the time he was diagnosed it had spread to his lymph nodes.    He did not have surgery - only chemo and radiation.   He had a really rough time - many swallowing problems - but I am am happy to say that 18 months out of treatment he is doing well.   It is soooo very rough!    Stay positive!    Please respond and I will be happy to answer questions!    Hugs!!

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