Pediatric Head and Neck Surgery

Warren Clinic Plastic Surgery and The Children's Hospital at Saint Francis work closely together to diagnose and correct abnormal development in children. Plastic surgery may be needed to restore function and create a more normal appearance.  

Plastic Surgery for Birth Defects

Led by Paul A. Berry, M.D., and Kevin P. Kunkel, M.D., the highly skilled and compassionate team at Warren Clinic Plastic Surgery is here to help you make an informed and confident decision in the care of your child. Surgery is often needed to repair oral-facial clefts.

Among the most common birth defects in the United States, a cleft lip and a cleft palate can occur together or as separate abnormalities.

  • Cleft lip is a separation of the upper lip and can include the bone and gum.
  • Cleft palate happens when the sides of the palate do not fuse together correctly.
These abnormalities can lead to eating problems, ear infections/hearing loss, speech and dental problems.

Non-surgical treatment may be used if your child has deformation plagiocephaly, an abnormally shaped head commonly caused by external forces such as pressure on the fetus' skull before birth or repetitive sleep positioning after birth. Therapy usually consists of positioning exercises or wearing a customized helmet.

Pediatric Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

For more information about plastic surgery for birth defects, or to make an appointment with one of our specialists, please call 918-502-7175.

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