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Pediatric Cleft and Craniofacial Surgery

Pediatric Cleft and Craniofacial Surgery

The Children’s Hospital of Georgia performs cleft and craniofacial surgeries of the head and face on children born with congenital facial differences including cleft lip, cleft palate and a variety of craniofacial conditions, in children from birth to age 21.

Pediatric Cleft and Craniofacial Surgery

The Children’s Hospital of Georgia performs cleft and craniofacial surgeries of the head and face on children born with congenital facial differences including cleft lip, cleft palate and a variety of craniofacial conditions, in children from birth to age 21.

Our Cleft and Craniofacial Center is the only center of its kind in Augusta’s River Region. We are staffed by a team of specially trained surgeons and healthcare professionals who deliver coordinated multidisciplinary care for cleft lip and palate and other craniofacial anomalies. 

We are proud to be nationally certified by the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association as an ACPA approved team.

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Pediatric Cleft Surgery Patient, Reid Oestreich, before being treated by AU Health Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Jack Yu
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Reid Oestreich after being treated by Dr. Yu

We evaluate and treat cleft lip/cleft palate and craniofacial anomalies in children using the latest plastic surgery techniques for:

  • Cleft lip / Cleft palate
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Pierre Robin syndrome
  • Rare craniofacial syndromes
  • Scar revisions

Your child's cleft and craniofacial team:

Other members can include:

  • Specially trained surgeons, such as, neurosurgeons, oral and maxillofacial surgeons and otolaryngologists.  All skilled at addressing complex surgical cleft and craniofacial issues.
  • Speech therapists, to assist with everything from feeding issues at birth to speech/language development during the toddler years and beyond.
  • Orthodontists, to help guide oral/facial growth and development.
  • Audiologists, to monitor patient’s hearing throughout their lifetime.
  • Psychologists, to assist with any psychosocial needs or concerns including promoting a positive body image, addressing bullying, and teaching techniques to reduce anxiety.
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ACPA Approved Team

Children’s Hospital of Georgia’s Cleft and Craniofacial Center has been evaluated by and achieved the standards set by the ACPA for comprehensive multidisciplinary care.
Read more about ACPA standards.

Sometimes children might need orthodontic treatment, in addition to cleft or craniofacial surgery, to help guide the growth and development of their face. Orthodontics can be used to improve the look and function of the mouth and teeth using a long-term treatment plan - which includes phases of active treatment, combined with periods where no treatment will be necessary.

Our orthodontist is also trained in Nasoalveolar Molding (NAM) technique for unilateral and bilateral cleft lip and palate.

Our interdisciplinary team has appointments available each month where your child can be evaluated by pediatric plastic surgeons, pediatric otolaryngologists, pediatric orthodontists, pediatric speech therapist and pediatric audiologists - all in one visit – providing your family with greater convenience and an improved continuity of care.

If you are pregnant with a baby that has been found to have a cleft or craniofacial condition while in utero, we offer prenatal consultations with our plastic surgeons to answer any questions prior to delivery. 

We also believe in a patient- and family-centered approach that encourages parents and caregivers to be a major part of creating their child’s treatment plan.

 

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