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Pediatric Plastic and Craniofacial Surgery
“As a dad to my three kids, I understand the importance of earning the trust of patients and their parents, and I aim to create a relationship based on compassionate care and expert technical skill. Patient safety and well-being is a priority, and I will never perform any procedure on a child unless it is in his or her best interest.”
– Dr. Evan Beale
About Cleft Lip and Palate
Cleft lip and palate are the most common craniofacial anomlies and one of the most common birth defects. About 1 in 600 – 800 births in the United States involves cleft lip and/or palate. These babies can have anywhere from a small line or notch in the lip, to a groove that runs into the roof of the mouth. There is also commonly a misshapen, malformed nose that not only affects a child’s appearance, but also the ability to breath normally. Additional craniofacial conditions can be associated with cleft lip and palate and can include:
Sleep apnea, ear disease and/or malformation (microtia), dental problems, orthodontic problems requiring jaw surgery, chronic ear infections, speech disorders, airway obstruction, difficulty feeding and gaining weight, and hearing loss
Cleft and Craniofacial Care Team
Comprehensive cleft and craniofacial care consists of a multi-disciplinary approach. Dr. Beale and his staff will coordinate your child’s care and involve, refer, and consult with each or these available specialists as necessary for each patient.
Speech pathologist, Pediatric Neurosurgeon, Pediatric Intensivist, Pediatric Anesthesiologist, Developmental Pediatrician, Cleft Orthodontic Molding Technician, Ophthalmologist, Cleft Orthodontist, Geneticist, ENT specialist, Social worker, and Anthropologist.
Depending on the child’s needs and specific diagnosis, these procedures or surgeries may be part of your child’s care plan:
Nasoalveolar Molding (A pre-surgery shaping device, similar to a retainer)
Cleft Lip Repair
Cleft Nose Repair
Cleft Palate Repair (can be one or two stages)
Neonatal Jaw Distraction
Bone Grafting for Adult Tooth Eruption
Jaw Advancement Surgery
For more information, please refer to the Cleft Palate Foundation’s Website
Call us for an appointment to discuss pediatric plastic and craniofacial surgery options for your child.