Under our team approach, your child benefits from the consolidated knowledge of many specialists from different fields in one place and in one visit.

Advanced medical technology now makes the majority of cleft lip, cleft palate and other craniofacial anomalies correctable. Appropriate surgery and proper care normally result in improved appearance and healthier, happier lives for most children facing these problems.

After surgery, however, it's important to continue an ongoing care plan for related problems that may affect communication skills and self-image. Children may require long-term relationships with a number of specialists for speech, hearing and dental problems as well as social and emotional concerns.

Some of the treatments recommended for your child may need to be performed at UC Davis Children's Hospital. For others, the cleft and craniofacial team will coordinate care with physicians in your own community, especially if proper treatment is available closer to your home. The purpose of the team approach is to determine the best medical care for your child and to ensure that you are involved as an active partner in the treatment process.