Pediatric Cleft and Craniofacial Surgery
Our dual degree fellowship trained surgeons provide state-of-the-art care for a variety of congenital and acquired facial conditions from infancy to adulthood. We offer compassionate care and comprehensive treatment with a conservative staged reconstructive approach to restore function, normalize speech, improve appearance, correct dental malocclusion, and help your child develop and maintain self-confidence. Your child will be followed closely through an interdisciplinary team to provide coordinated care and ensure the best possible outcome.
If you have received a prenatal diagnosis of cleft lip and/or palate or head shape abnormality, we offer prenatal counseling to get you the support you need. Meeting with us before your baby arrives gives you the opportunity to have all your questions answered.
Head shape abnormalities
The majority of infants with an abnormal head shape (plagiocephaly) are due to deformational molding, which often occurs when a baby sleeps in the same position repeatedly. Craniosynostosis occurs when the bones in the skull fuse prematurely. It is important to make sure that an expert determines the cause of your child’s abnormally shaped head since craniosynostosis requires surgical treatment and longer follow-up care. Surgical options for craniosynostosis include endoscopic and open approaches.
Cleft lip and/or palate
Cleft lip and/or palate is a common birth problem, occurring in approximately 1 in 700 live births. Children born with facial clefting and related disorders may face a variety of challenges in feeding, hearing, speech and language, facial growth, and dentition. We offer all phases of cleft lip and palate reconstruction including cleft lip repair, cleft palate repair, bone graft reconstruction of the maxillary/alveolar cleft defect, speech surgery for correction of velopharyngeal insufficiency, fistula repair, corrective jaw surgery, and scar revisions.
Pierre Robin sequence
Pierre Robin sequence is a condition in which infants are born with a small lower jaw (mandible). This causes the tongue to sit in an abnormal position and obstruct the airway, causing respiratory distress. In severe cases, surgery may be required. Distraction osteogenesis is a surgical procedure that elongates the bone of the lower jaw to pull the tongue forward and alleviate airway obstruction.
Craniofacial anomalies or syndromes
Our expertise includes individualized care of patients with a variety of craniofacial anomalies and syndromes. Examples include craniofacial dysostosis (e.g., Apert, Crouzon, Pfeiffer, Saethre-Chotzen syndromes), mandibulofacial dysostosis (e.g., Treacher Collins and Nager syndromes) and oculo-auriculo-vertebral spectrum disorders (Goldenhar syndrome, craniofacial/hemifacial microsomia).
Pediatric pathology of the head, face and neck
We manage a variety of pediatric conditions including hemangiomas/vascular malformations, cysts and tumors of the head, face and jaws as well as craniofacial fibrous dysplasia and cherubism.
Ear deformity correction
Corrective ear surgery (otoplasty) is a procedure that can be performed on both children and adults with the goal of improving the appearance of ears that protrude too far from the head. This procedure can be very beneficial in improving self-esteem.