Comprehensive cleft and craniofacial care

The cleft and craniofacial team at HCA Midwest Health treats patients with congenital (present at birth) and acquired abnormalities of the head and neck. Whether the diagnosis of a cleft or craniofacial condition occurs before or after birth, we are prepared to offer ongoing supportive care. We understand medical evaluations and procedures can be overwhelming or even scary for young patients and their families. Our compassionate team involves the family in every step of a child's care.

To learn more or make an appointment, please call the cleft and craniofacial care coordinator at (913) 541-5022.

Comprehensive care

Our cleft and craniofacial specialists work together as a team to coordinate medical and surgical planning for your child’s condition. We recognize your child’s care plan needs to be highly individualized. Every family we care for is unique and we want to consider the complete medical and social history to make the most appropriate recommendations for your child.

When your child has a cleft lip, cleft palate, craniofacial condition or other congenital difference, there will be a number of specialists involved to ensure they are receiving the most comprehensive care available.

Because cleft and craniofacial conditions can affect different parts of your child’s health and development, there are a number of different specialties that may help care for your child. These caregivers may include:

  • Anesthesiologists
  • Audiology specialists
  • Caregiver(s)
  • Child life specialists
  • Dieticians
  • Dentists and orthodontists
  • Feeding specialists
  • Genetics experts
  • Lactation
  • Neurosurgeons
  • Pediatricians
  • Oral and maxillofacial surgeons
  • Otolaryngologists
  • Plastic surgeons
  • Prosthodontists
  • Psychologists
  • Pulmonary medicine specialists
  • Sleep medicine experts
  • Social workers
  • Speech-language pathologists

Cleft and craniofacial conditions treated

Our team will collaborate closely with you and your child’s primary care physician in managing your child's cleft or craniofacial condition to help guide you through the process. We treat:

  • Acute and chronic facial fractures
  • Apert syndrome
  • Cleft lip
  • Cleft palate
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Craniofacial anomalies
  • Crouzon syndrome
  • Facial fractures
  • Facial trauma
  • Hemifacial microsomia
  • Hypernasal speech
  • Pierre Robin sequence
  • Plagiocephaly
  • Treacher Collins syndrome (TCS)
  • Velopharyngeal insufficiency (VPI)

Treatment options

The cleft and craniofacial team based at Overland Park Regional Medical Center carefully follow each patient and family through the treatment process starting at birth or even prenatally. This continuity of care fosters strong patient-caregiver relationships, which are important for optimal medical and surgical outcomes. Your child’s care team develops a long-term plan based on your child’s goals and milestones. Typically for cleft lip, cleft palate, and craniosynostosis, surgery will be an important part of the treatment plan. Any necessary surgeries or other interventions are discussed in detail in advance so your family can be as prepared as possible. 

Surgical and non-surgical options include: 

  • Alveolar bone grafting
  • Cleft lip repair
  • Cleft palate repair
  • Cleft rhinoplasty
  • Cranial molding helmet
  • Cranial vault reconstruction
  • Dental extractions and implants
  • Mandibular distraction
  • Orthognathic surgery
  • Speech surgery
  • Surgically assisted orthodontics

Learn more about the HCA Midwest Health Pediatric Center based at Overland Park Regional Medical Center.

Learn about our pediatric specialty care