services and programs
plastic and reconstructive surgery clinics
Clinic appointments are available on both Dayton Children’s campuses throughout the month. Our team cares for the full spectrum of conditions and injuries requiring plastic and reconstructive surgery. Specialized clinics include those for children with a cleft lip/palate, craniofacial abnormality or vascular anomaly.
your clinic visit
Thank you for choosing Dayton Children’s for your child’s plastic surgery care. Before making an appointment, we ask that you obtain a physician referral. The central scheduling department will contact you once we receive the referral.
Please bring the following to the first visit:
- Any relevant medical records
- Test results (we have access to results for any test performed at Dayton Children’s)
The Dayton Children’s plastic and reconstructive surgery clinic is located on the hospital’s main campus. A typical visit to the clinic involves a physical exam, conversation about any test results and medication needs, and time to answer questions and talk about the potential need for surgery. We may recommend additional tests or a consultation with another pediatric specialist before creating your child’s personalized treatment plan.
cleft lip/cleft palate clinic
Dayton Children’s offers a comprehensive clinic for children with cleft lip/cleft palate and other craniofacial conditions. Our plastic and reconstructive surgeons play an important role on the multidisciplinary team, offering complex surgical repairs to improve a child’s ability to breathe, eat and talk, as well as enhance the child’s appearance. But surgery is just one aspect of the care we offer for children with cleft lip/cleft palate. Learn more
Dayton Children’s offers multidisciplinary care for children with a craniofacial condition, such as:
- Pierre Robin sequence
- Hemifacial microsomia
- Velopharyngeal insufficiency
- Goldenhar syndrome
- Crouzon disease
- Skeletal jaw abnormalities
Our plastic surgeons work closely with pediatric neurosurgeons at Dayton Children’s to diagnose and treat these conditions. The team will develop a comprehensive care plan and share it with you. This plan may include reconstructive surgery, non-surgical techniques, speech/language therapy, or other therapies, depending on your child’s condition. Whenever possible, they use minimally invasive techniques, which can mean less pain and a shorter healing time.
If your child receives care for a craniofacial condition at Dayton Children’s, you will have an opportunity to meet with every specialist who is involved in the treatment plan. Our team is committed to providing high quality, well-coordinated care every step of the way.
vascular anomalies clinic
Dayton Children’s provides comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for children who have vascular anomalies, including:
- Vascular tumors
- Vascular malformations
- Lymphatic malformations
Your child’s first visit will be in the plastic and reconstructive surgery clinic, where our team will provide a thorough evaluation and may recommend additional testing, such as magnetic resonance imaging or blood tests. Once all test results are in, the pediatric plastic surgeon will meet with other specialists at Dayton Children’s to discuss your child’s needs. These specialists include physicians from otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat), general surgery and hematology/oncology, radiology and pathology.
The team will develop a comprehensive care plan, which the plastic surgeon will share with you at a follow-up visit. This plan may include surgery, laser therapy, interventional radiology, or medication, although the team also may recommend simply watching your child’s malformation over time to see if treatment is necessary.
If your child receives care for a vascular anomaly at Dayton Children’s, you will have an opportunity to meet with every specialist who is involved in the treatment plan. Our team is committed to providing high-quality, well-coordinated care every step of the way.
earwell system- infant ear malformation correction
what is the EarWell™ system?
Infant ear deformities occur in 15% and 29% of all births. EarWell™, a breakthrough auricular corrective system, quickly corrects any infant ear deformity. EarWell™ non-invasively and painlessly eliminates the necessity for any child to suffer with a lifelong ear deformity. The simplicity of the EarWell™ design enables a single universal protocol to correct most, types and severities of ear deformity. Best of all, this method does not require surgery or anesthesia!
when should you use it?
EarWell™ is designed to be highly effective on infants less than three weeks of age, favorable results decrease with each passing day. Once EarWell™ is affixed to any infant ear, ,it will take between four to six weeks the ears will be normally shaped. The EarWell™ system is very effective with a 90% success rate.
why is it important?
An outer ear deformity can negatively impact a child’s physical and emotional development. Studies suggest that children with ear deformities suffer peer hazing, ridicule and abuse—often resulting in low self-esteem, anxiety, elevated social isolation and emotional withdrawal.
who can help?
If you are wondering about your infant’s ears, we recommend you act now and connect with the experts at Dayton Children’s plastic surgery department. Call 937-641-3898 for an appointment or for more information.
The Dayton Children’s Craniofacial Support Group helps our craniofacial patient families bond and network by sharing information, photos, ideas, concerns and knowledge about their experiences with each other. This private support group also provides the opportunity to talk about Dayton Children’s amenities, the Ronald McDonald House or surrounding places when visiting. Families affected by any craniofacial occurrence (Treacher Collins, Goldenhar, Craniosynostosis, Cleft lip/palate, etc.) are encouraged to join and participate in this safe place!
Join us on Facebook! To join please visit facebook.com/groups/daytoncraniofacial/
We offer high risk pregnancy consultation services with a specialized nurse navigator to guide you from through the process. Our specialized team works closely with mothers and families, answering questions, offering support and counseling, and providing advanced options for care and treatment. We’ll guide you through the journey so you can simply focus on the bond between you and your baby.
Learn more about our relationship with the Fetal to Newborn Center