Maxillofacial Surgeon Dr. S.M. Balaji thoroughly evaluated his jaw defect clinically and using advanced 3D CT scan. The scan images showed that he had multiple and extensive areas of bone loss that appeared to resemble large cystic tumors involving the almost entire lower jaw. Few teeth were missing and there were several supernumerary teeth embedded inside the jaw bone.
Biopsy of the lesion was done which proved it to be odontogenic keratocysts. Dr. Balaji planned a complete lower jaw reconstruction using the boy’s own rib graft. The affected portions of the lower jaw bone on both sides were surgically removed. Diseased portions of the bone were completely and thoroughly removed to ensure that there is no recurrence. A costochondral cartilage graft (rib graft) was taken and used to reconstruct the entire lower law. Following a few months time, rehabilitation will be completed with implants and ceramic prosthesis.
The boy and his parents are very happy with the surgery outcome. The Hon’ble Former Chief Justice of Madras High Court and Judge Supreme Court of India His Excellency H L Gokhale and his wife visited the hospital and greeted the boy and his parents. Chief Justice expressed his wishes and fed the boy a piece of cake. He also commended Dr. Balaji on his remarkable expertise and applauded his excellence and outstanding achievements in successfully performing many such complex and rare reconstructive surgeries.