The Craniofacial/Cleft Palate program at LuskinOIC utilizes a coordinated team of multidisciplinary providers, the Gold Standard within this field of medicine. Recognized by the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association, our team works closely with your child’s own pediatrician to provide the required level of care. Using the latest information and state-of-the-art technology our goal is to develop a treatment plan that provides optimal outcomes over the period of twenty years the treatment requires.
A cleft lip occurs when the parts of the upper lip do not grow together during development of the baby before it is born. A cleft palate occurs when the parts of the roof of the mouth do not grow together during development before birth. The result is a separation in the upper lip or an opening in the roof of the mouth. Cleft lip and palate are the most common birth defects, occurring in 1 out of every 700 children born alive in the United States. These problems are completely correctable. If untreated the child will have obvious facial deformities, severe speech and language impairments, chronic dental disease, hearing loss because of ear disease, malnutrition and low self-esteem.
At LuskinOIC we have a multidisciplary team that coordinates the diagnosis and treatment of patients with cleft lip and palate over their 20 year course of treatment. The team is led by:
Our doctors are supported by a specialized team of medical professionals exclusively focused on pediatric orthopedics. This team may include:
Other specialists are consulted as needed.
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