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Treatment Options for Cleft and Craniofacial Disorders


The treatment plan selected for a craniofacial patient depends on your abnormality, which can range from a simple to complex anomaly. You may suffer from syndromic disorders that cause abnormal growth of the skull due to facial abnormalities. In addition, skull and facial deformities often affect your other organs.

At the Barrow Cleft and Craniofacial Center, you will be cared for by a first-rate team of professionals from a variety of medical and related disciplines including neurosurgeons, pediatricians, plastic and reconstructive surgeons, geneticists, orthodontists, otolaryngologists, dentists, craniofacial physical therapists, and speech pathologists. Team members will treat you individually and with compassion. Your treatment plan will be shared and coordinated with the your physician and your family.


Medical Intervention

Thorough medical management helps ensure that you are physically, emotionally, socially, mentally, and spiritually prepared for surgery. Issues concerning orthodontia or airway obstruction, or the presence of coexisting illness can affect your response to surgery. At the Barrow Cleft and Craniofacial Center, our doctors ensure that any problems are diagnosed and addressed before surgery. This approach increases the likelihood that you will have a successful surgery and minimizes the risk of complications.


Surgical Intervention

Surgical intervention may require skull and facial reconstruction. Our team will minimize the number of surgeries you undergo by combining procedures instead of fixing one abnormality at a time. A good surgical plan can improve your long-term quality of life and reduce that amount of time you spend preparing for and recovering from surgery.


Craniofacial Disorder Treatment Timelines


How can we help?

For more information or to schedule an appointment with a Barrow cleft and craniofacial specialist, please call (602) 406-FACE (3223).

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