The Barrow Children’s Cleft and Craniofacial Center offers an interdisciplinary team that provides comprehensive evaluation, diagnostic testing and treatment for adult and pediatric patients with craniofacial disorders. These conditions include:
- Cleft lip and/or cleft palate
- Craniosynostoses (premature closure of the sutures of the skull)
- Craniofacial disorders
- Traumatic injuries of the head and face
- Various benign and malignant tumors
Management of these disorders depends on the nature of the abnormality. The medical team includes craniofacial plastic surgeons, geneticists, orthodontists, otolaryngologists, oral maxillofacial surgeons, oculoplastic surgeons, and speech pathologists. Medical management includes ensuring that the child is physically, emotionally, socially and mentally prepared as much as possible before surgery. The center provides a comprehensive review of medical records, radiographic tests and other diagnostic examinations. A treatment plan is then fashioned to meet the specific needs of each patient. Surgical intervention requiring skull and facial reconstruction may be staged throughout the child's growing years. The team is dedicated to the continuity of care throughout the course of treatment, including discharge planning, follow up, and correspondence with other physicians involved in the patient’s care.
Members of the Barrow Children’s Cleft and Craniofacial Center are actively involved in research related to craniofacial disorders. Some active clinical trials are seeking the genetic causes of craniofacial disorders and state-of-the-art techniques in patients with cleft palate.
The Barrow Children’s Cleft and Craniofacial Center welcomes patients from out of state or out of the country.
For more information, call 602-406-3223 or visit the website, www.thebarrow.org.