Craniofacial Clefts

Craniofacial clefts may appear with numerous syndromes and are classified on the Tessier severity scale of 1-14. Neurological structure and function, breathing, feeding and dental problems, and neuro-psychological development are involved in many cases. This requires a centralized team approach to treatment. Because morbidity rates in the repair of craniofacial clefts are proven to drop consistent with shorter duration of surgery, the experience of the craniofacial surgical team can be a key to better outcomes and fewer complications.