Van Blunden had to remove his jaw and lower lip for more than two years. The 55-year-old woman has since been unable to eat, drink and talk, and has had to complete her work. Nottingham and Wolverhampton’s surgeons have been able to reconstruct the lower part of the face by a new procedure: the patient’s own skin and bones were “drawn” to a frame.
The procedure known as dissociation osteogenesis has been known for many years, but never used in this way, “said Dilip Srinivasan, head of the Nottingham University Hospital. During the procedure, a new pulling force is generated by the pulling force gradually applied between the separate bone elements.
The “frame” made by the doctors of the Notoman’s Queen’s Medical Center served as a scaffold for bones and skin. Since surgery, the patient’s height has increased to 9 centimeters. Experts hope that they will be able to remove the frame in May with a final surgery. The Wolverhampton patient found a growth in January 2015. After having been found to have cancerous tumors, they had to remove their tonsils, lower lips, tongue and chin.
Since then, he has tried to restore his face with skin transplant twice, unsuccessfully. It was not able to use crimp clip, so he hopes the process will improve his quality of life. Srinivasan said that some procedures had been successfully applied in some previous operations, but in cases where the patient’s bones, skin and muscles are missing, never.
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