What to expect during a marginal mandibulectomy?
Before the procedure
You will be given specific instructions regarding what to do before the surgery. Some of the instructions include:
- You should not eat or drink anything for 6 hours before the surgery.
- Avoid using blood thinners, such as Warfarin or Aspirin, a week before the surgery.
- Refrain from smoking before the procedure.
You can also expect the following things:
- Taking photographs of your face for reconstruction
- Undergoing an angiogram, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or computed tomography (CT) scan
- Some of your teeth may be extracted during the procedure
- Your surgeon will detail the procedure during an appointment
- You should seek advice from the physician regarding lifestyle modifications
During the procedure
You will be given general anesthesia and made to sleep throughout the procedure. The physician performs marginal mandibulectomy by:
- Making an incision at the affected side of the lower lip or cheek
- Removing the tumor and the surrounding soft tissues
- Preserving the inferior border of the jawline to retain the bone strength for chewing
- Closing the incisions
After the procedure
You can expect the following after the surgery:
- Pain and numbness in the lip or chin
- Wired jaw to keep the upper and lower teeth aligned
- Getting pain medications for pain relief
- Returning to home after 2 days in the hospital
- Undergoing physical therapy or speech and swallowing therapy after surgery