Craniofacial surgery at the University of Ottawa
Pediatric Craniofacial reconstructive surgery addresses conditions in which a child’s face may be altered as the result of tumors, trauma or birth. It is a specific subspecialty of pediatric plastic surgery which focusses on restoring form and function to these kids. One example is craniosynostosis. In some children the growth centers of the skull or sutures do not develop correctly. As a result children have differences in skull and facial appearance. Over the past 30 years, sophisticated imaging technology paired with a deeper understanding and knowledge of the anatomy of the craniofacial skeleton have led to the refinement of craniofacial surgical methods. These advancements – along with the implementation of less invasive techniques – have laid the groundwork for the restoration of the normal framework of the face and optimal healing for natural-looking outcomes. The Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Ottawa works in cooperation with the Division of Neurosurgery, Oral Surgery and Ophthalmology to provide comprehensive management for craniomaxillofacial issues There is a comprehensive craniofacial team at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario which helps manage these children throughout their lives from birth through adulthood.