The Cleft Palate/Craniofacial Clinic at Memorial Health Dwaine & Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital of Savannah brings together oral, maxillofacial and plastic and reconstructive specialists to treat children with facial anomalies, many of whom were previously thought to be untreatable. We guide patients and their families through a customized treatment plan to help our craniofacial patients thrive.

To learn more or to determine if your child is a candidate for craniofacial surgery, call (912) 350-5646.

The multidisciplinary team of physicians at the clinic is dedicated to transforming the lives of infants and children with congenital or acquired facial disfigurement. Our specialists include:

  • Pediatric doctors
  • Pediatric trained plastic and reconstructive surgeon
  • Oral and maxillofacial doctors
  • Otolaryngologists
  • Nurses
  • Speech pathologists
  • Therapists
  • Child life specialists

Craniofacial disorders may be congenital (present at birth) or acquired, and affect a child's skull and face. Craniofacial disorders have various causes, and it is likely many factors played a role instead of one cause. Anomalies acquired after birth are usually the result of accidents that cause extensive craniofacial trauma or jaw deformities.

Craniofacial conditions we treat using surgery

Our Cleft Palate/Craniofacial Clinic offers one of the leading treatment programs for these disorders in the U.S. and provides comprehensive pediatric care and treatment for all craniofacial disorders.

Our clinic uses advanced technologies and develops innovative surgical techniques to treat craniofacial conditions. As part of our pediatric surgical care, we’re committed to treating a wide range of craniofacial anomalies and syndromes, including:

  • Cleft lip and cleft palate
  • Genetic syndromes, such as:
    • Apert syndrome
    • Treacher Collins
    • Crouzon syndrome
    • Hemifacial microsomia
    • Pfeiffer syndrome
  • Craniofacial tumors
  • Craniosynostosis, such as:
    • Plagiocephaly — coronal synostosis
    • Scaphocephaly — sagittal synostosis
    • Trigonocephaly — metopic synostosis
    • Posterior plagiocepaphaly — lambdoid synostosis
  • Distraction osteogenesis
  • Ear deformity and ear reconstruction
  • Facial dental disproportion
  • Hypertelorism
  • Pierre Robin sequence
  • Post-traumatic craniofacial defects
  • Vascular anomalies and malformations
  • Velocardiofacial/DiGeorge syndrome

Families of patients with craniofacial disorders can find more resources at Children's Craniofacial Association and the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association.