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UC Davis Children’s Hospital

UC Davis Children’s Hospital

Cleft and Craniofacial Reconstruction

The UC Davis Children’s Hospital Cleft and Craniofacial Reconstruction program offers comprehensive, coordinated care to patients with cleft and craniofacial problems. The physicians and specialists of our interdisciplinary team provide high-quality care to patients, as well as ongoing support to their families. Our team members recognize the special problems faced by our patients, and are dedicated to working with them and their families to attain optimal results and healthier futures.

The information that follows describes the medical help available to you at UC Davis Children's Hospital. This material will help you:
  • Understand basic care issues connected with craniofacial anomalies such as feeding and nutrition
  • Learn about the cleft and craniofacial reconstruction program, an overall treatment program that includes corrective surgery and ongoing help with your child's speech, hearing, dental, and emotional health needs
  • Become an active partner with a medical team of specialists whose care and direction will contribute to your child's healthy development
The birth of a child with cleft lip, cleft palate or other related "craniofacial anomalies" is understandably an emotional challenge for parents. The good news is that many craniofacial anomalies—meaning those involving a child's head or face—can be improved dramatically. Today, reconstructive surgery offers the prospect of a happy childhood and a long, fulfilling life for an infant born with a craniofacial defect.

The astonishing before-and-after photographs of cleft patients who have completed medical treatment at UC Davis Children's Hospital are heartwarming and inspiring. A girl named Talisha typifies the children who have achieved life-changing transformations through plastic surgery. Born in 1993 with bilateral cleft lip and palate, she had orthopaedic treatment with an oral appliance followed by surgery to correct her lip and palate. Talisha is now a confident young woman who delights in singing.