surgeonsIf your newborn infant has a craniofacial anomaly, you probably have many questions for UC Davis Cleft and Craniofacial Reconstruction program personnel about breathing and feeding difficulties and the feasibility of corrective surgery. Each anomaly is distinct, so care and treatment plans and timetables vary among patients. In some cases, immediate corrective surgery may be advisable. Surgery for other children may be delayed for weeks, months or even years until a certain amount of growth takes place.

Your family doctor, pediatrician or other specialist can refer you to the cleft and craniofacial team, or California Children's Services (CCS) can make the arrangements. If you decide to participate in the program, you will not be required to change pediatricians. The doctors and specialists on the team will continue to work with your physician and any other local providers involved with your child’s care. If time permits, you may be referred to the team before your child’s corrective surgery. After surgery, your child will be seen periodically, depending on his or her needs.