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What is a "craniofacial team"?

What is a "craniofacial team"?

Specialized provider: A craniofacial team is a group of healthcare providers with expertise in evaluation and management of skull ("cranio") and face ("facial") deformities. These usually include: audiology, craniofacial/plastic surgery, dentistry, ear/nose/throat surgery, neurology, neurosurgery, nursing, ophthalmology, oral/maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, psychology, speech therapy and a patient coordinator. ...Read more

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Could craniofacial surgery be dangerous?

Could craniofacial surgery be dangerous?

Experience : Every surgery has it's risks. The experience of the surgeon, overall health of the patient, and nature of the surgery are all factors to consider. The head and face are unique in that there are many crucial structures like nerves, blood vessels, and muscles in a small space. Talk to your surgeon about your concerns and he/she should be able to help you. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is a craniofacial injury?

What sort of disease is a craniofacial injury?

Not a disease: A craniofacial injury implies an injury to the face and skull. This is typically seen after motor vehicle accidents and trauma to the head from falls. Multiple facial bones may be broken and require repair. These injuries often require treatment by several specialists, including plastic surgeons, craniofacial surgeons, trauma surgeons and ophthalmologists. ...Read more

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How will craniofacial injuries affect the health of my child?

How will craniofacial injuries affect the health of my child?

Trauma, head, face: Traumatic facial injuries and to the skull are occasioned by severe level of impact. Besides the obvious deformities, the not so obvious brain concussion can be difficult to assess. Neuroradiologic evaluation early and in follow up can look for physical problems, but assessment of more intangible problems is the speciality of neurologist and rehabilitation medicine. ...Read more

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Is there more than one good way to treat craniofacial injuries?

Is there more than one good way to treat craniofacial injuries?

Prevention is best:): Helmets have been shown to prevent the severity of many face and head injuries. ...Read more

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Why does my child with a craniofacial difference need a team approach?

Why does my child with a craniofacial difference need a team approach?

More effective care: No single healthcare provider has all of the expertise necessary for evaluation and managment of complex craniofacial disorders. Team care is more effective and more efficient than fragmented provider care for most patients with celft lip/palate and other cranifacial deformities. ...Read more

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What are the best treatments for craniofacial injuries?

What are the best treatments for craniofacial injuries?

Skilled plastics doc: Craniofacial injuries often require careful coordinated coordination between specialty surgeons. Depending on the age of the patient, the extent of the injuries to bone, muscle and nerves, carefully timed and executed treatment can restore function and preserve an acceptable cosmetic outcome. This means seeing a ent, maxillofacial surgeon and plastics trained ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Does your head (craniofacial skeleton) grow or change as you get taller?

Does your head (craniofacial skeleton) grow or change as you get taller?

Depends on age: The skull is composed with an elaborate collection of growth centers that essentially push away from each other as the skull volume increases with age. By the age of 9 most of the suture lines of the skull start to fuse & there is little added increase.Since the adolescence growth spurt occurs in the mid to late teens, there will be a point where u grow taller but your head is done. ...Read more

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How can I find the best craniofacial esthetic surgeon for an esthetic correction of an old plagiocephaly ?

How can I find the best craniofacial esthetic surgeon for an esthetic correction of an old plagiocephaly ?

Plagiocephaly: Dealing with an "old" and I assume done as a baby correction of a plagiocephaly requires a multidisciplinary team that includes at the very least a craniofacial neurosurgeon and plastic surgery and also a maxillofacial surgery. You will need to find a center that has a good deal of experience as these are complex cases and need a very thorough workup and evaluation. ...Read more

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So sad. Just learned my child has craniofacial injuries. I have always tried to shelter and protect my kids. What now?

So sad. Just learned my child has craniofacial injuries. I have always tried to shelter and protect my kids. What now?

Get trained advice: Take your child to a fellowship trained plastics surgeon-one who has experience in pediatric reconstructive surgery. Often this may require an otolaryngologist (ears, nose & throat), and ophthalmologist (eye) with plastics surgery fellowship training and a maxillofacial (dual trained dentists/doctors) working together to restore function and cosmetic appearance. ...Read more

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