Children’s Craniofacial Surgery
Expert Surgical Care for Facial and Skull Conditions
Having a facial or skull deformity doesn't only affect appearance — it also affects a child's ability to swallow, breathe and talk. Craniofacial surgery corrects appearance, but it also gives children the ability to use these three most basic functions of life.
Our board-certified experts use surgery to treat craniofacial conditions that affect children of all ages, including newborn babies. From cleft lip or palate and birthmarks to craniofacial trauma and everything in between, our craniofacial surgeons help children feel and function better. By partnering with plastic surgeons and neurosurgeons in the operating room, we produce outcomes that rival any hospital in the region.
The Highest Quality Craniofacial Surgical Care in New Jersey
Children with cleft and craniofacial conditions often need specialized care from surgeons, dentists, speech therapists, social workers and more. For this reason, our children’s hospitals meet the Standards of Team Care for Cleft and Craniofacial Teams set by the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA).
By following these standards, we provide patients with better outcomes, improved quality of life, and:
- A more coordinated and comprehensive approach to care: With a team-based approach to care, children benefit from the collective expertise of many health care professionals working together towards one goal.
- A more individualized treatment plan: By considering each patient's unique needs and circumstances, our team develops treatment plans that take into account factors like the patient's age, diagnosis and medical history.
- Increased access to support and resources: Social work, mental health counseling and educational resources help parents and children navigate the complexities of cleft and craniofacial conditions, like craniosynostosis and hemifacial microsomia.
Why Choose Us for Cleft and Craniofacial Surgery?
The child is at the center, but parents are a part of every health care decision we make. We prioritize family participation and want you to be involved in every step of your child’s care — from diagnosis through treatment and recovery. At our children’s hospitals, we treat our patients (and their families) like partners.
Choosing a craniofacial surgeon for your child is a big deal, and we know you have choices. When you come to Hackensack Meridian Children’s Health, you get:
Nationally Recognized Cleft Palate & Craniofacial Care
Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital are two of only six hospitals in the state nationally recognized as an American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) Approved Team.
One Surgery with Multiple Surgeons
Our craniofacial surgeons operate alongside other specialists, like plastic surgeons and neurosurgeons, reducing the number of procedures a child needs for craniofacial conditions.
Seamless Access to Critical Care
We're affiliated with the only Level II Pediatric Trauma Center in the region, and one of only three in the state, where patients can access 200+ pediatric subspecialists.
Our Craniofacial Surgeons
With decades of experience in their field, our cleft and craniofacial doctors have trained at some of the world’s most renowned health care organizations. They join forces with other board-certified pediatric specialists in New Jersey to provide a unified plan for every patient.
Craniofacial Surgery Success Stories
What’s it like to have surgery on the face or skull at Hackensack Meridian Children’s Health? Learn the answer from some of our smallest, bravest patients:
Helping Her Grow
When Ariana was a newborn, her mom, Nancy, noticed that her head looked long and narrow. The Union County mom shared her concerns with Ariana’s pediatrician, who referred her to a pediatric neurologist.
Born With Craniosynostosis, Toddler Thrives After Brain Surgery
Diagnosed with craniosynostosis, Baby Marcel’s skull—and future—were expertly pieced together by surgeons at K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital.