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January, 2020

Craniofacial Surgery

 craniofacial surgery at sakra world hospital

What is Craniofacial surgery?

Craniofacial surgery is a branch of Plastic and Reconstructive surgery which specifically deals with the correction of deformities of the face and skull.

What conditions are treated by Craniofacial surgery?

1. Craniosynostosis - Nonsyndromic (Metopic, Coronal, Sagittal, Lambdoid, Multisuture) and syndromic (Apert, Crouzon, Pfeiffer, Muenke, Saethre-Chotzen)

2. Facial clefts - Cleft lip, Cleft palate, Cleft lip and palate, Submucous cleft palate, Rare facial clefts

3. Craniofacial trauma - Facial and skull fractures, injuries

4. Vascular anomalies - Haemangiomas, arterial and venous malformations, AV malformations, Lymphangiomas

5. Jaw deformities (Orthognathic surgery) - Overbite, Underbite, Crossbite, Small chin, Flatface

6. Cosmetic - Rhinoplasty, Blepharoplasty, Facelift, Necklift, Prominent ear correction, Hair transplant, Filler and Botox

7. Head and neck cancer reconstruction

8. Facial palsy

9. Snoring and Obstructive sleep apnoea

10. Other conditions - Neurofibroma, Encephalocoeles, Fibrous dysplasia, Craniofacial microsomia, Romberg's disease, Dermoids

Who are the doctors involved in craniofacial surgery? Does Sakra World Hospital have all the specialists required?

1. Craniofacial surgery is teamwork. The specialists involved in Craniofacial surgery are:

2. Craniofacial & Plastic surgeon

3. Neurosurgeon

4. Ophthalmologist

5. ENT surgeon

6. Dentist & Orthodontist

7. Speech pathologist

8. Paediatric & Neuro anaesthetist

9. Paediatrician

10. Neuropsychiatrist

11. Specialist Plastic surgery nurse

All the above specialists are available at Sakra World Hospital and work in a coordinated manner to provide the best services to you and your children.

Is Craniofacial and cleft surgery safe in children?

Yes. Cleft and craniofacial surgery are absolutely safe in children due to advances in Anaesthetic practices, well organized Paediatric and Neuro Anaesthesia teams and excellent Paediatric ICU services. These surgeries can be done in babies as young as 3 months of age onwards.Plastic surgery consultants

What options are available to treat Craniosynostosis (premature fusion of growth plates of the skull)?

Sakra World hospital is a pioneer in minimally invasive or keyhole surgery for Craniosynostosis. All children who present to us below the age of 6 months are offered minimally invasive (keyhole) endoscope- assisted surgery followed by helmet therapy. Children above 6 months of age are offered open surgery for remodelling of the skull. The advantages of minimally invasive procedures are smaller scar, shorter stay in the hospital, lesser need for blood transfusion, shorter operation and quick recovery.

How many surgeries does a cleft lip and palate baby need and when?

Typically, the cleft lip operation is done at 3-6 months of age. The cleft palate surgery is done at 9-12 months of age. Alveolar bone grafting to the upper jaw is done at 9-10 years of age. Jaw surgery to correct jaw deformities followed by rhinoplasty and touch up procedures are done at adolescence (14-18 years of age). Some children might require additional procedures like surgery to correct speech issues, ventilation tube insertion to ears and dental extractions.

How many days do I need to stay in the hospital for Facial Cosmetic procedures?

Most of the cosmetic procedures can be done as Daycare procedures. In some cases, you might need to stay overnight depending on convenience. 

Will I have pain during and after Craniofacial surgery?

Most surgeries are done under safe general anaesthesia and you will not experience any pain during the procedure. After your procedure, our acute pain service team will make sure that you are on the right pain killer to alleviate any pain issues.

What is the recovery time after Craniofacial surgery?

It depends on the type of procedure you have undergone. But generally, if you have undergone a daycare procedure, the recovery time is short and you might be able to go back to normal activities in a couple of days time. Please ask our specialists for procedure-specific downtime.

How safe will my surgery be? And what about the privacy of my data and pictures?

Sakra World Hospital is a NABH accredited hospital and adheres to all the safety and quality guidelines prescribed by the board. Your data and pictures will be confidential and no part of it will be shared or displayed in the public domain without the written consent from you.

I have a few questions. Whom do I address it to?

Our Plastic surgery consultants are happy to address any of your questions and concerns. You can call them on their phone numbers during working hours (0900-1600). You can also email them any queries and they will get back to you as soon as possible.

Dr. Rajendra S Gujjalanavar - Ph No +919986447732 -Email



Dr Rajendra S Gujjalanavar

HOD & Senior Consultant - Plastic Surgery

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