The Texas Cleft-Craniofacial team of experts comes together for the purpose of evaluating your child’s current medical, dental, and psychosocial development. The team will make recommendations for how to best to coordinate care and develop a treatment plan for your child. The goal of our Team is to provide the best treatment that is available today so that your child will be good-looking and healthy.
From operating room to center stage
Phuong Nguyen, MD, pediatric plastic surgeon, spends his nights as lead singer to indie rock band, Help The Doctor.
Cleft Smiles 5k Family Fun Run/Walk
Last Saturday, members of the team participated in a great cause to help support Operation Smile – the 2015 Cleft Smiles 5k Family Fun Run/Walk in the Woodlands, TX. This was organized by a group of mothers and their families, who also have been affected by a child of their own born with a cleft. […]
Presurgical Nasoalveolar Molding (PNAM) Taping Video
Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate
What is a cleft lip/cleft palate? A cleft lip is a separation of the two sides of the lip. Sometimes this includes the bone of the upper jaw. A cleft palate is an opening in the roof of the mouth in which the two sides of the palate did not join together. Cleft lips and […]
Distraction Osteogenesis Distraction osteogenesis (DO) has revolutionized craniofacial surgery. DO involves cutting bone and then slowly moving the cut ends of the bone. The gradual movement of the two cut pieces of bone results a new bone formation in the resulting gap. Distraction osteogenesis can be used in the lower jaw (mandible), the upper jaw […]
Congenital Facial Anomalies Congenital deformities affect the face and the upper and lower jaws. This includes children who have craniofacial deformities such as Apert’s, Crouzon’s, and Treacher-Collins, Pierre Robin Complex, hemifacial microsomia, etc. Initial treatment of these children focuses on their ability to breathe and eat normally. Some of these infants will need a tracheotomy […]
Premature fusing of the sutures is called craniosynostosis, which restricts skull growth. The cause of this premature fusion is unknown.