Forty-nine-year old Liese Healing has a great story to tell about recovery from cancer second time around, after surgeons from Coventry used a titanium chain to help reconstruct her jaw.
When her jaw was eaten by cancer, Coventry surgeons used a bike chain like device to reconfigure her jaw.
AdvertisementShe was diagnosed with cancer last July and she needed this surgery to survive. She had suffered pain in her mouth and two of her teeth had begun to fall off. She had been referred to the hospital by her dentist and tests revealed that cancer had eaten up her jaw and what remained was just half the size of a normal jaw.
She had suffered from ovarian cancer eight years ago. She was determined to beat caner second time around to be there for her two children. "At times I did think why this happening to me again? I'd already had cancer once; I didn't think I'd get it again. I thought it's not fair - but I also thought I beat cancer once, I can do it again."
The surgeon performed a 12-hour operation where the diseased parts of her jaw and mouth tissues were removed. The surgeon fitted a titanium chain after a skin with a vein and artery from an arm was transplanted to the jaw area. This revived the blood supply to the tissue in the jaw.