What you need to know about craniofacial surgery

Posted on 11/22/2021 by New York Oral, Maxillofacial, and Implant Surgery
What you need to know about craniofacial surgeryCraniofacial surgery is a procedure that is used to correct congenital abnormalities of the skull, which are issues that were present at birth, as well as injuries to the soft tissue and bone in the head and neck. It is performed on children and adults. Craniofacial surgery is done when the patient is asleep and so general anesthesia is administered.

What is craniofacial surgery

In plastic surgery, craniofacial surgery is a type of surgery that is concerned with the repair and reconstruction of deformities or abnormalities of the head and face. Craniosynostosis is one of the most frequent diseases treated with craniofacial surgery, which is the premature closure of the gaps between the skull's bones, resulting in abnormal development of the skull. A cranial vault remodeling is a name given to the specific operation that is performed to treat craniosynostosis.

Diagnosis of Craniofacial Abnormalities

Some craniofacial syndromes are visible from birth, whilst others are not visible until a baby's head has grown in size over the first few months.

The majority of the time, your physician may detect a craniofacial anomaly simply by doing an examination. An MRI or CT scan of your child's skull, brain, and facial structure can be used to assist determine the exact cause of the problem. Those diagnosed with a craniofacial anomaly are usually referred to a maxillofacial surgeon like Dr. Horowitz and Dr. Orentlicher.

Babies' skulls develop fast throughout the first year of life, which is why these disorders are most likely to be detected and treated during this period of early childhood. Your pediatrician may propose that you and your kid undergo observation for a few weeks or months to determine whether or not your child's health is likely to worsen.

An expert in maxillofacial neurosurgery may be sent to you, who will collaborate with you to design the most appropriate treatment strategy for your child's condition.
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