Pediatric Consultation and Nutritional Upbuilding
The Pediatrician provides diagnostic evaluations, management of medical problems related to the child’s overall health and development, especially before, during, and after cleft/craniofacial surgery. He evaluates the feeding and swallowing functions of the patients and provides solutions on challenges related with eating and weight gain. Well-baby clinics are set-up to ensure preparedness of babies, toddlers, and children for surgery.
Pre-operative NAM (Nasoalveolar Molding)
NAM is an appliance used on the baby ages 0-3months prior to surgery for the following purposes:
- Reduce the gap in the upper lip
- Reduce the cleft in the palate.
- Lifts and narrows the nose.
The Speech Pathologists assess and monitor the child’s speech development throughout childhood to determine the apt speech therapy intervention needed by patients to improve speech skills. The Speech Pathologist closely coordinates with the surgeons to give their opinion on the apt surgical technique that would improve speech.
NCFPI Surgeries include:
- Revision Surgeries
- Alveolar Bone Grafting (ABG)
- Orthognathic Surgery
- Craniofacial Surgeries e.g. Nasoethmoidal Meningocele Surgery (NEM), Facial Cleft Surgery
Pediatric and General Dentistry
The Dentist facilitates the integration of oral hygiene and dental preventive regimens into the treatment protocol for children with cleft to establish desirable habits and oral health as a requirement before the provision of advanced reparative surgery and complex dental treatment
Orthodontic Treatment is needed not only for correction of the position of the teeth but as an important step before or after surgery, especially for orthognathic surgery. In this regard, the orthodontist works closely with the plastic or oral maxillofacial surgeons.
Social work services facilitate in the family dynamics in availing cleft care and treatment for the patients. Our social worker extends psycho-social counselling support and other information about the diagnosis and how this may affect the patient and the family. The social worker coordinates with the patients’ support group, networks with other groups or agencies, in order to facilitate various kinds of assistance to families of cleft and craniofacial patients.
This program aims is to address the needs of cleft and craniofacial patients in terms of social integration and acceptance by providing them activities and seminars, as well as provide information and data that will help challenge health system policies and public attitude, opinion and the stigma around their condition.