Advanced Surgical Treatment for Children with Cleft and Craniofacial Disorders
To handle the complexities associated with pediatric craniofacial deformities, University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital created a Center of Excellence dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of these disorders. Because of our continued involvement in advanced clinical research, the Cleft & Craniofacial Center offers patients innovative treatments and technologies not readily available at other centers.
The Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Center at UH Rainbow is one of only a few centers in the country that are able to perform a combined Le Fort 1 and Le Fort 3 surgical procedure.
Our expert team specializes in treating abnormalities of the head and neck, including cleft lip and palate, cranial and orbital abnormalities, midfacial and jaw abnormalities, trauma, cancer and congenital growths and tumors.
Utilizing a collaborative, multidisciplinary team approach, we ensure that patients receive the most innovative, comprehensive care. Our diverse team is comprised of specialists from the following areas:
- Child life
- Critical care
- Developmental therapeutics
- Occupational therapy
- Oral surgery
- Pediatric dentistry
- Plastic surgery
- Social work
- Speech therapy
Personalized Treatment Plans and Family-Centered Care
Since each patient is unique, treatment must be personalized. Our center’s medical director, assisted by the craniofacial coordinator, orchestrates the team’s efforts to ensure that the treatment plan meets the physical and psychosocial needs of the patient.
During the first appointment, in one, time-saving day, young patients receive a diagnostic evaluation, which may include X-rays and a consultation with each provider from the cleft and craniofacial team. After the initial visit, specialists review test results, formulate a diagnosis and develop a comprehensive treatment plan, which is shared with the parents, child and referring physician. Children are seen in this multidisciplinary center on an annual basis to maintain or update their treatment plans.
Throughout the process, we provide young patients and their family members with the support and education they need to make informed decisions. Often, family members are permitted to stay with the child in his or her hospital room. This family-centered, compassionate model of care is a hallmark of our center and an integral part of a child’s successful treatment and healing.
Even after treatment is complete, and as the child matures, our staff is always available for follow-up care and evaluation.