Craniofacial surgery for birth defects

Treatment to correct skull or facial deformities in children

Congential disorders affecting your child's head or face can be improved through a range of surgical procedures

About craniofacial surgery

Craniofacial abnormalities that are present from birth, such as a cleft palate or craniosynostosis​, often require complex treatment.

The London Children’s Craniofacial Group at The Portland Hospital is led by some of the UK’s leading paediatric surgeons, giving your child the best specialised care.

Need to know

  • What happens icon plus

    Our philosophy of care for a child needing craniofacial surgery is to provide comprehensive treatment that addresses the equally important functional, aesthetic and psychological aspects of their condition.

    To determine the best approach for your child, they will see a multidisciplinary team, often including ENT specialists, oral surgeons, general paediatricians and neurosurgeons. A personalised care plan will be put together and overseen by your consultant and a dedicated craniofacial fellow consultant.

    Because craniofacial reconstruction often involves delicate and specialised procedures, surgery can take anywhere from four to 14 hours.
  • How to prepare icon plus

    Pre-operative assessments will help your consultant to determine the best treatment for your child. A range of tests and scans may be done, including eye tests, a CT scan or X-rays to get a detailed look at the shape and structure of the skull.

    Once your consultant has determined the best surgical approach, they'll explain the procedure and answer any questions you may have. Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you.
  • Afterwards icon plus

    Depending on the complexity of your child's operation, they may be cared for in our intensive treatment unit at the hospital or in our Paediatric Rehabilitation Unit for an extended period after their surgery.

    Follow-up procedures may also be needed. Your consultant will let you know what to expect. They'll also work closely with you and your family to help your child make a full recovery.

Paying for medical treatment

You don’t need health insurance to have fast access to our top consultants, extensive range of treatments, diagnostic tests and surgical procedures at our world-class facilities.

Our consultants

We’re proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical, fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion. 

Our locations

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Book an appointment

Our team can help with any enquiries or you can make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

Call us today

020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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