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Mandibular reconstruction following ablative tumour surgery: an overview of treatment planning

Mandibular reconstruction following ablative tumour surgery: an overview of treatment planning

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery 70(2): 120-126

In the last half century the evolution of mandibular reconstruction has resulted in a multitude of surgical procedures that have been brought about by advances made in bone science, grafting techniques and materials technology. With the ever increasing number of surgical options currently available it has become essential to take stock of these achievements and reconsider the fundamental principles of reconstructive surgery. The choice of reconstructive techniques is only part of a wider number of variables that must be considered which will ultimately determine the success or failure of the procedure. Variables likely to influence the outcome of mandibular reconstruction are the site and extent of the defect, the needs and tolerance of the patient, the timing of reconstruction and the surgical skill and techniques available. By careful consideration of these cardinal variables it may be possible to formulate a treatment plan that will not only satisfy the essential needs of the patient but also help increase the likelihood of a successful outcome.

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Accession: 046619921

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PMID: 10711475

DOI: 10.1046/j.1440-1622.2000.01769.x

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