Cleft Palate/Craniofacial Surgery
Saint Peter’s operates one of only a few centers in the country that comprehensively treat craniofacial abnormalities, such as cleft lip and cleft palate. Babies, children and adolescents who are born with these conditions are cared for by a team of specialists from 14 medical disciplines, including:
- Maxillofacial prosthetist (makes artificial jaws)
- Oral/maxillofacial (upper jaw) surgeon
- Otolaryngologists (ear, nose and throat)
- Pediatric dentist
- Pediatric neurosurgeon
- Plastic and craniofacial surgeons
- Registered nurse
- Speech-language pathologist
- Social worker.
In addition to surgical correction, Saint Peter’s specializes in rehabilitation and group support to ensure that the physical and emotional needs of all patients are met.
(Many of our specialists also serve as Operation Smile volunteers, traveling throughout the world to perform reconstructive surgery for underprivileged people. Founded in 1982, Operation Smile is a worldwide medical charity dedicated to improving the health and lives of children and adults.)