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.
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 an acute neurological or a systemic illness, can affect your response to surgery. The Barrow Cleft and Craniofacial team ensures that these issues are addressed before surgery. The team's goals are to achieve successful surgical outcomes for you and to minimize your complications.
Surgical intervention may require skull and facial reconstruction. The craniofacial team attempts to minimize the number of surgeries you undergo by thoughtfully planning combined procedures instead of the traditional multiple surgeries. A good surgical plan is staged can improve your long-term quality of life.
Craniofacial Disorder Treatment Timelines at Barrow
For more information, please call 602-406-FACE (602-406-3223).