Are you having back pain with any of the following?

  • Severe pain, weakness or tingling in your leg(s).
  • Difficulty stopping urination or loss of control of bladder or bowels.
  • Unexplained fever, nausea or vomiting.
  • A history of cancer or unexplained weight loss.

We understand that you are experiencing one or more of the health issues that might be impacting your back pain.

We recommend that you discuss these health issues with your doctor before proceeding with this program.

Once you are cleared by your doctor to do this program, we hope it helps you find relief from your back pain.

Maxillofacial Reconstruction

Surgery to remove an oral cancer may require removal of part of the jaw bone and/or teeth. This can result in a defect in the jaw which can limit the ability to chew normal foods, speak properly, swallow, and perform other necessary functions that depend largely on an intact jaw. Reconstruction of the jaws may be necessary to reestablish proper form and function. The reconstruction may be done at the same time as the primary surgery to remove the tumor, or at a later date following tumor removal. The procedure may involve the use of bone, muscle, skin, or other tissue that are harvested from a distant site of the body to reconstruct the jaw defect.

If the defect involves the upper jaw and palate, it may be necessary to wear a dental prosthesis (also known as an obturator) that serves to separate the oral and nasal cavities. The prosthesis aids in speaking, eating and swallowing, and prevents liquids from escaping through the nose when drinking. Once the jawbone is reconstructed, it is possible to receive either a denture or dental implants to restore any missing teeth. Physical therapy may also be required to rehabilitate the jaw following reconstructive surgery.

Prior to any surgery or radiation treatment involving the jaws, it is important that you seek dental care. Achieving optimal dental health before any cancer treatment is essential. This may include extraction of teeth, fluoride treatments, fillings, crowns or bridge work, and cleanings.

Maxillofacial Surgery

Phone Number(s) Appt/Advice (24 hours)


08:30 AM - 05:00 PM


2nd Floor, Dept 290

710 Lawrence Expy

Santa Clara, CA 95051

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