Jaw Function and Appearance after Reconstruction in Mouth Cancer Survivors

Full Title

Functional and Aesthetic Outcomes after Mandible Reconstruction with Fibula Osteomyocutaneous Free Flaps


In patients who need to have some of the lower jaw bone removed due to mouth cancer, sometimes the jaw bone is reconstructed with a lower leg bone (the fibula). In this study, researchers are asking patients who had this surgery at Memorial Sloan Kettering between 1987 and 2013 about their jaw function and assessing how the jaw looks now.

Participants will complete a questionnaire and be examined by a doctor. The results of this study may help refine jaw reconstruction methods in the future, improving function and cosmetic appearance.


Participants in this study include those who had jaw reconstruction with fibula bone (“segmental mandibulectomy and free fibular flap reconstruction”) for oral cancer at Memorial Sloan Kettering between 1987 and 2013.

For more information about this study, please contact Dr. Jatin Shah at 212-639-7604.





Disease Status

Newly Diagnosed & Relapsed/Refractory