Cleft and Craniofacial Reconstruction
The UC Davis Cleft and Craniofacial Program uses the most advanced techniques available to treat children with cleft lip, cleft palate and craniofacial anomalies. We believe coordinated care is better care, and use a multi- disciplinary team approach to provide the most effective assessment and treatment. Services we offer include comprehensive cleft lip, cleft palate and craniofacial evaluations, state-of-the- art surgical procedures, special speech studies, hearing evaluation, feeding/nutritional assessment and airway management, dental, orthodontic and oral maxillofacial surgery evaluation and treatment, and prenatal genetic and genetic counseling. Additional services include case management for patients with multiple medical problems, social services, and referral to parental support groups and appropriate consultative specialists.
The surgeons (Craig Senders, M.D. and Travis Tollefson, M.D., F.A.C.S.) and specialists at the Cleft and Craniofacial Program combine cutting-edge technology with sensitive, patient-centered care for children with special health needs. Our goal is to provide both immediate and long-term medical care that improves the health and appearance of our patients, while providing families with emotional support and education.
Special Note to Parents
Cleft lip and /or palate affect one of every 700 babies. If you are a parent who has just learned that your child has a cleft lip or palate, this situation can evoke a multitude of emotions --- fear, guilt and even despair. While your feelings are normal and understandable, be assured that the vast majority of cleft lip and cleft palate conditions are correctable. Most children with clefts will develop normally and will have no other significant physical deformities. Your child’s present physical condition, while initially troubling, is not an illness that will become worse.
Children with clefts are just as special as other girls and boys. With corrective surgery and proper care, there is every likelihood that your child’s appearance will continue to improve, and that he or she will develop into a healthy, happy and attractive person.
A Team Approach to Care
At UC Davis Children’s Hospital, we believe that coordinated care — treatment which combines the efforts of many specialists — is the best way to treat your child’s condition. We have helped thousands of children since the Cleft and Craniofacial Program began in 1973.
Following corrective surgery, children with cleft lip and cleft palate may need ongoing medical care for related problems that affect their communication skills and self-image. Our program brings together the cleft and craniofacial team, a dedicated group of healthcare professionals—such as surgeons, speech and hearing specialists, orthodontist, and social workers – who are experts in their fields. The role of each of these team members will be described later on this website. The team works together with your own pediatrician and other providers in your community to ensure the best possible long-term care for your child.
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