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Modified Mandibulotomy Technique to Reduce Postoperative Complications: 5-Year Results

 Hye-Young Na  ;  Eun-Joo Choi  ;  Eun-Chang Choi  ;  Hyung Jun Kim  ;  In-Ho Cha  ;  Woong Nam 
 YONSEI MEDICAL JOURNAL, Vol.54(5) : 1248-1252, 2013 
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Mandibulotomy ; stair-step mandibulotomy ; oropharyngeal cancer
PURPOSE: To review the 5-year outcomes of our modified mandibulotomy technique. Retrospective review of a tertiary level oral cancer center. MATERIALS AND METHODS: During a 5-year period, 30 patients who had a uniform surgical technique consisting of a lower lip-splitting, modified stair-step osteotomy with thin saw blade and osteotome after plate-precontouring and combination fixation with monocortical osteosynthesis (miniplate) and bicortical osteosynthesis (maxiplate and bicortical screws), with at least 14 months postoperative follow-up, were selected and reviewed retrospectively. RESULTS: There were 8 women and 22 men with an average age of 56.5 years. All the patients involved malignancies were squamous cell carcinoma. The main primary sites of the those who underwent a mandibulotomy were the tonsil, the base of tongue, the oral tongue, the retromolar pad area, and others. Others included buccal cheek, floor of mouth, and soft palate. 23 patients received postoperative radiation therapy, and among whom 8 patients also received chemotherapy. Total four (13%) mandibulotomy-related complications occurred, only two (6.7%) requiring additional operation under general anesthesia. CONCLUSION: Our modified mandibulotomy meets the criteria for an ideal mandibulotomy technique relatively well because it requires no intermaxillary fixation, can precise preserve the occlusion in a precise way, allows early function, requires no secondary procedures, and has few complications.
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Kim, Hyung Jun(김형준) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8247-4004
Nam, Woong(남웅) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0146-3624
Cha, In Ho(차인호) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8259-2190
Choi, Eyn Joo(최은주)
Choi, Eun Chang(최은창)
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