A craniofacial disorder refers to an abnormality of the face and/or the head. Craniofacial differences can result from abnormal growth patterns of the face or skull, which involves soft tissue and bones. A craniofacial abnormality can be caused by a birth defect, disease or trauma. Craniofacial surgery is a type of plastic surgery that repairs these abnormalities. Craniofacial surgeons are specially trained to work with bone, skin, muscle, teeth and more. Craniofacial surgery does not include surgery of the brain or eye.
The various physical and medical issues surrounding craniofacial surgery can be frustrating for patients and their families. These delicate procedures are very complex and can be difficult to understand. At the Craniofacial Treatment Center, our team is committed to family-centered care, which means that communicating with you and your family is critical for your child to receive the best possible care. We work with you to calm your fears and help you understand your child's condition. Our staff will support you throughout the whole process, keeping you informed about what's happening and answering your questions.
At the Vanderbilt Craniofacial Treatment Center, we treat children from five states as well as from outside the United States. We are nationally recognized as a top center for the treatment of cleft lip and palate abnormalities.
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