Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children

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Pediatric Craniomaxillofacial and Oral Surgery

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The Craniomaxillofacial Surgery program at Arnold Palmer Hospital is a sub-specialized program providing state-of-the-art care for infants, children and adolescents with a variety of congenital and acquired facial conditions. Through comprehensive diagnosis, treatment planning, follow-up visits and a staged reconstructive approach, our team members work together to normalize speech, correct dental occlusion conditions and improve hearing, facial appearance and function, as well as raise self-esteem.

Comprehensive Craniomaxillofacial Surgical Services

Under the direction of a fellowship-trained pediatric craniomaxillofacial surgeon, the practice incorporates the latest technical advances for the rehabilitation of even the most complex facial abnormalities. Prenatal counseling is available for congenital conditions. The practice also includes an interdisciplinary Cleft and Craniofacial Disorders team that evaluates patients together and combines the talents of a number of professionals from the following areas: 

  • Audiology
  • Craniofacial Surgery
  • Genetics & Genetic Counseling
  • Neurosurgery
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Ophthalmology
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Orthodontics
  • Otolaryngology
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Prosthodontics
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Speech-Language Pathology

The interdisciplinary approach offers our patients and their families education and support services in addition to advanced treatment options. With this education, parents are encouraged to be active participants in the decision-making processes.

Research & Education

In addition to maintaining an active clinical practice, the Pediatric Craniomaxillofacial Surgery team is also involved in ongoing facial reconstructive surgery research. Team members actively participate in the education of residents, medical students and dental students. The division currently hosts a fellowship training program in Pediatric Craniomaxillofacial Surgery.

We provide a broad spectrum of clinical services to children with a variety of conditions, encompassing the following:

Cleft Lip and Palate Treatment

  • Cleft Lip and Nasal Reconstruction
  • Cleft Palate Repair
  • Surgery for Speech Disorders (Velopharyngeal Insufficiency)
  • Maxillary and Alveolar Bone Graft Reconstruction
  • Corrective Jaw Surgery
  • Nasal and Lip Revision
  • Newborn Feeding Evaluation
  • Speech and Language Evaluation and Therapy
  • Video Fluoroscopy
  • Nasoendoscopic Evaluation
  • Audiologic Testing


  • Plagiocephaly (Abnormal Head Shape) Evaluation
  • Craniofacial Imaging
  • Cranial Orthotic Treatments
  • Skull Reconstruction
  • Endoscopic and Minimally Invasive Surgical Techniques

Complex Craniofacial Malformations

  • Craniofacial Dysostosis Syndromes (including Apert, Crouzon, Pfeiffer, Cloverleaf Skull Anomaly)
  • Treacher Collins Syndrome
  • Oculoauriculovertebral Spectrum (Goldenhar Syndrome, Hemifacial Microsomia)
  • Cranio-Orbital Reconstruction
  • Computer-Assisted Treatment Planning and Intraoperative Navigation Techniques
  • Combined Craniomaxillofacial Surgery and Neurosurgery Approach
  • Pediatric Anesthesiology
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

Pediatric Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

  • Orthognathic (Corrective Jaw) Surgery

    • Pierre-Robin Sequence
    • Distraction Osteogenesis of the Jaws
    • Jaw Discrepancies with Malocclusion
    • Maxillary and Mandibular Reconstruction
    • Chin Surgery
    • Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)
    • TMJ Ankylosis
    • Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis-Related Jaw Disorders
  • Congenital Growths and Tumors
    • Congenital Tumors
    • Hemangiomas and Vascular Malformations
    • Fibrous Dysplasia of Bone
    • Neurofibromatosis
    • Cysts and Tumors of the Face and Jaws
  • Dentoalveolar Surgery for Medically Complex Children
  • Craniomaxillofacial Trauma
    • Nasal Fracture Treatment
    • Maxillary and Mandibular (Jaw) Fracture Repair
    • Orbital Fracture Repair
    • Complex Craniofacial Injuries (Craniofacial and Neurosurgical)
    • Correction of Secondary (Residual) Deformities
    • Soft-Tissue Reconstruction