Craniofacial Reconstruction Program
Many craniofacial defects are detected through ultrasounds
before birth. CHKD's craniofacial clinic staff believes in early intervention
and is available to meet with parents as soon as they learn of a craniofacial
diagnosis, including prenatal consultations before the baby is born.
Craniofacial defects are abnormalities that involve both the
skull and the face. Most are congenital, meaning that children are born with
them. But in rare cases they can develop as a result of trauma or disease.
At CHKD, children and infants with craniofacial
abnormalities receive comprehensive care from an experienced, multidisciplinary
team. As long-time partner of Operation Smile, we perform charitable
craniofacial reconstruction on children from around the world. We have gained
an international reputation for compassion and quality, and our full-service
hospital is designed exclusively for children’s needs.
Conditions We Treat
The Team Approach
Most craniofacial abnormalities require the care of many
doctors working together to achieve optimal results. One of the biggest
advantages of our program is that each member of your child's team has special
training and experience in pediatrics. Their goal is to heal children -- body
and mind -- by improving the function and appearance of their faces while
addressing the associated medical, education and social needs that might arise
from their conditions.
Our craniofacial team consists of pediatric specialists in
plastic surgery, craniomaxillofacial surgery, neurosurgery, otolaryngology,
audiology, dentistry, general pediatrics, medical genetics, ophthalmology,
orthodontics and speech pathology. Using the newest technology and their years
of experience, the team determines the best plan of care for each child.
In addition, CHKD's pediatric psychologists, social workers,
nurses and child life specialists provide counseling, coping techniques, warmth
and understanding. The expertise of our physical, occupational and speech
therapists help patients catch up developmentally and nutritionally before and
after corrective surgery.
Our craniofacial program is a fully approved Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Team (CPT, CFT) and meets the standards set forth by the American
Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association and the Cleft Palate Foundation. This
accreditation ensures that your child is receiving the most comprehensive and
current craniofacial/cleft care. For more information regarding our
craniofacial program’s accreditation, please visit cleftline.org.
Making an Appointment
Referring physicians should call our craniofacial program
coordinator at (757) 668-7031. As part of our integrated approach, referring
physicians continually receive updates of the patient's progress.
When a child visits the CHKD craniofacial program, appointments
with the appropriate specialists are coordinated in advance for the family’s
convenience. Children can see many specialists in one trip for more thorough
and timely treatment. Sessions for patient assessment and follow-up care are