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Techniques & Surgical Procedures

The multidisciplinary team at Children's Hospital & Medical Center Craniofacial Clinic uses some of the most advanced techniques and technologies to ensure the most effective treatment for your child’s condition. Many of these procedures are not available anywhere else in the region.

Some of these innovative procedures include:

Minimally invasive internal craniofacial distraction
• Involves implanting pins into the bone that are gradually moved apart. This allows new bone formation to occur in the gap by a process call distraction osteogenesis.

Bioresorbable devices
• May be used in many craniofacial surgery skeletal repairs and reconstructions
• Can be easily contoured and fixated resulting in newer and quicker techniques that can improve your child's appearance
• Devices dissolve in the body and leave no trace after the bone is healed
• Made out of polymers that are native to the body

Nasal alveolar molding
• A procedure used to guide the growth of the mouth in the right direction prior to surgery to repair a cleft lip
• Usually performed during the first two weeks of a baby's life
• The entire process can last up to six months.

Ear reconstruction
Our craniofacial team offers two types of ear reconstruction. We will help you determine which method is the best choice for your child.

    Antologous ear reconstruction
    • Involves the use of your child's own cartilage and skin grafts to make the ear appear “normal”
    • While it can help correct an ear deformity, the procedure will not repair the hearing in the deformed ear.

    Synthetic ear reconstruction
    • Can be performed by replacing the ear cartilage with a naturally-derived or synthetic material that allows incorporation of the implant by natural tissue in-growth

Hemangioma Laser Treatments
• May be considered in cases in which the hemangioma ulcerates, does not appear to be regressing or if the lesion progresses toward disfigurement
• Laser treatment can expedite healing and reduce pain within few days, often after a single laser treatment.
• Lesions generally heal in one to five weeks after treatment.

If hemangiomas are in problematic areas (around the eyes) or in a cosmetically sensitive area, your surgeon may recommend surgical excision.