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The dreaded ORN, well for my husband it has once again reared it's ugly head.14months post RT and the 4th time it has appeared. So far 3 lots of surgery and the loss of 2 molars. Surgery again next Friday with the loss of 2 pre molars, so now no biting surface. At the moment he is in considerable pain and unable to eat. We was not warned that this may happen although we was warned about everything else. It's been a nightmare and if it comes back a 5th time it will mean a bone graft which is a 9 hour operation and 2 weeks in hospital.... And on it goes the gift of life that comes with a huge penalty clause!
My husband has is very down and who can blame him
I've suggested the hybaric chambers but he is claustrophobic so it was met with resounding no.
As much as a bone graft is daunting it would mean he could have some implants. I think at the moment we are just overwhelmed with the constant side effects from RT.
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