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Cleft and Craniofacial Center
Sri Ramachandra University
Porur, Chennai, 600116
We have completed more than 10,000 free cleft surgeries, and we performed approximately 800 free cleft surgeries every year.
What is cleft Lip & Palate ?
What are craniofacial deformities?
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Craniofacial cleft and anomalies
Cleft & Craniofacial Center - Affordable Quality care
The Cleft & Craniofacial Center at Sri Ramachandra Medical Center, Chennai has been a leader for 10 years in the management of patients with cleft and craniofacial anomalies and is the largest cleft-craniofacial center in the region. The team of plastic surgeons, pediatrician, nutritionist, pedodontist, orthodontist, speech pathologist, ENT surgeons, neurosurgeon and prosthodontist treats more than 1000 infants, children and adolescents each year. Quality Care is the goal of our Multidisciplinary team. All the team members are specially trained to care for children with a wide variety of craniofacial conditions affecting the growth and shape of the skull, face, ears and eyes. Our goal is to provide the best quality care and striving to achieve optimal appearance, speech, hearing and psychosocial development at the earliest possible age. Early contact with the specialized craniofacial team and early treatment gives the best results. Craniofacial deformities are either present at birth, or developed later due to trauma, accident and tumors. These craniofacial deformities are visible and embarrassing. Approximately one in 10,000 live birth children have craniofacial anomalies.
  Craniosynostosis :
Due to arrest of growth of certain part of skull, it gets deformed leading to various shape and size of head. It can either put pressure on the orbit leading to protrusion of eye balls and/or increase pressure on the brain compromising the growth of the brain. Some of these children will have less developed brain by birth. The craniosynostosis should be operated ideally by the age of 9-12 months. These surgeries are done either to improve the appearance or release the pressure on brain or both.
  Craniofacial Clefts :
These are clefts of the face and facial bones resulting into major deformities of face. Some of these defects may involve the eyelids and child may not able to cover the eyes completely resulting into loss of vision. And therefore, it is very essential to reconstruct these deformities immediately after the birth to preserve the vision.
  Malposition of orbits :
The orbit is the bone surrounding the eyeball. Abnormal growth of the skull can displace the orbits either outwardly with more space between the two eyes or rarely vice versa. The correction of malpositioned orbits needs major craniofacial surgery and often more than one surgery.
  Facial Asymmetry :
Facial asymmetry, a noticeable difference in features from one side of the face to the other. This happen due to less growth of bones (especially lower jaw), muscles and other soft tissue. Often this is associated with ear deformities, malposition of orbits and facial nerve paralysis. The treatment is planned according to the severity of the deformities. However, the latest technique of distraction osteogenesis has shown good results for these deformities.
  Ear Deformities :
Various ear deformities are associated with craniofacial anomalies. The extent can vary from slightly smaller size to total absent of ear. When one ear is deformed, most often hearing is near-normal. However, hearing check should be done in all children with ear deformities. Children with bilateral involvement may need hearing aids. Ear reconstruction is usually done at age of 8-10 years depending on the growth of child. Minor deformities of ear can be corrected in early childhood.
  Facial bone deformities :
Abnormal jaw and facial development can be genetic or acquired due to disease or injury. This results in facial deformities, unattractive jaw or teeth protrusion, difficulty with chewing, speech, and jaw function. “Orthognathic” means "straight jaws", and orthognathic surgery corrects these jaw and facial deformities. Distraction Osteogenesis is another latest technique to correct these deformities. Most of these patients will need preoperative and postoperative orthodontic treatment.
  T-M Joint Ankylosis :
Fusion of the one of joint of the lower jaws following unnoticed trauma or infection in early childhood lead to this problem. This is commonly found in developing countries and effect is disastrous. Child does not able to open mouth and the facial bones do not grow properly. These children will need multiple surgeries, first to open mouth and later to correct the facial deformities.
  Tumors, malformation and Facial Fractures :
Advancements in craniofacial surgery now permit the surgeon to correctly repair facial fractures. The best time to correct facial bone fractures is within the first few days of the injury. Old fractures, which are misaligned, can be improved by craniofacial techniques. Craniofacial surgical technique also helps to treat the tumors and vascular malformation of the face.
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