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Craniofacial Surgery Program

Cleft lip describes a separation in the lip that occurs when the lip does not form completely. It can range from a small notching in the lip to a large opening from the lip up through the nose. Cleft palate describes a separation in the roof of the mouth (palate). It can extend from the front of the mouth (hard palate) to the throat (soft palate) and may include the lip.

Cleft and craniofacial anomalies are diagnosed through:

  • Ultrasounds during pregnancy
  • Physical examinations
  • CT scans
  • MRI scans
  • Blood tests

Many craniofacial conditions can be detected on ultrasounds that are performed of the baby during pregnancy. If you receive this diagnosis, our plastic surgeon will meet with you and guide other team member consultations to discuss care and outline a treatment plan. This consultation is known as the “In-utero Consultation” and can be arranged through the Arizona Fetal Care Network or directly with our office.

All newborns diagnosed with a craniofacial condition are evaluated, treated, and followed through our interdisciplinary team approach at Barrow Cleft and Craniofacial Center (BCCC). The patients’ surgeries are performed at Phoenix Children's by the providers you meet during the evaluation process.

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