About the Cleft Team
The Dell Children’s Craniofacial and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery Center offers quality treatment in a positive, healing place and provides a practice environment in which healthcare providers can collaborate in new and exciting ways. The multidisciplinary cleft team meets weekly to diagnose, discuss, and develop treatment plans for individual patients.
The first visit may start with counseling even before a patient is born, and continues through childhood and into adulthood. At the team visit, families meet with the plastic surgeon, orthodontist, speech therapist, and pediatric dentist.
The nurse coordinator ensures a smooth path for every patient, from diagnosis through treatment. The craniofacial pediatrician addresses complex medical conditions that may be present. The social worker ensures that families are connected to vital resources and to each other.
As patients are followed over the years, data is collected to study their long-term growth. By analyzing this data, the team can improve existing treatments and develop new ones, keeping the Center on the forefront of care for children and adolescents.