Cleft Palate and Craniofacial
Cleft Palate and Craniofacial

Cleft Palate Treatment

The experienced cleft palate/lip and craniofacial team at Children's Mercy Kansas City treats more patients each year than any other program in a six-state region, including Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Arkansas. 

Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Staff

Our multidisciplinary team includes fellowship-trained surgeons who collaborate with specialists in dentistry, ear, nose, and throat; genetics, and more to provide comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services. Our experts help minimize patient recovery time by using innovative, less invasive approaches to surgery. And every surgery is attended by a pediatric anesthesiologist who has experience in administering anesthesia precisely for the child's age, size and condition.

Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Programs

Patients also benefit from an innovative blood conservation program, which greatly reduces the need for blood transfusions during surgery. Families planning to adopt children with cleft lip and palate can access pre-adoption counseling. And our social workers provide ongoing support and access to community resources. 

Program Highlights

  • Cleft palate/lip and craniofacial patient appointments are available within 72 hours of request for consultation.
  • All of our surgeons are fellowship trained, and one surgeon is also double board certified in plastic and oral surgery.
  • Our team treats more patients each year than any other program in a six-state region. 
  • Families can preview surgery results through innovative 3D rendering technology.
  • We have established full cleft craniofacial programs in Missouri and Kansas.
  • Our team provides counseling for families seeking to adopt children with cleft lip and palate.

Pediatric Anesthesia at Children's Mercy

At Children’s Mercy, a pediatric anesthesiologist is an active member of your child’s care team before, during and after their surgery or procedure. We administer anesthesia for more than 27,000 kids per year—that’s 74 per day—so our team is experienced at finding just-right doses of medication for kids of all sizes. During the procedure, your anesthesiologist will carefully monitor your child’s heartbeat, blood pressure and breathing. Afterwards, your anesthesiologist will make sure your child wakes up as comfortably as possible and continue to help with pain control. Learn more about pediatric anesthesiology at Children's Mercy.

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