Pediatric Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Best Possible Results with Fewest Surgeries
Changing your child’s appearance through plastic and reconstructive surgery is a life-changing decision. At Duke Children’s, our doctors are dedicated to correcting concerns that will allow your child to grow up like other children. Our team of pediatric surgeons has developed techniques and devices that we share with doctors around the world. Our passion for getting the best possible results with the fewest surgeries is matched by our compassion and respect for you and your child.
Achieving Lasting Results Through Pediatric Plastic Surgery
When it comes to your baby or child, we know there is no such thing as minor surgery. We take the same meticulous care, no matter how simple or complex your child’s procedure. We understand that the procedures we perform on our young patients have to last a lifetime, so we strongly commit to achieving an optimal, lasting result and following your child into adolescence or adulthood to achieve that goal.
Whatever your child’s condition, there are several reasons you can trust Duke’s pediatric plastic and reconstructive surgeons to provide the highest level of care.
- We offer a range of pediatric plastic surgery services to babies born with a multitude of conditions, including deformities of the head, face, or hands, as well as babies who develop problems following an injury, illness, or previous surgery. We create straightforward treatment plans that range from setting prominent ears closer to the head, to intricate care plans involving multiple steps and specialists -- as is required for cleft lip and palate treatment. We also treat traumatic injuries resulting from disfiguring accidents.
- Our pediatric plastic surgeons have developed advanced surgical techniques for cleft lip and palate surgery, and innovative surgical devices that have transformed jaw surgery and advanced other surgeries. The team routinely receives invitations from around the world to talk about their current practices, advances, and published research findings.
- Duke Children’s offers a level of specialization in plastic surgery not found at most other medical centers. Our doctors’ fellowship training and experience with rare conditions give us a breadth of knowledge and surgical skill to manage the most difficult problems.
- We take a team approach to every child’s condition and draw upon the expertise of Duke specialists in pediatric plastic surgery, neurosurgery, neurology, orthopaedic surgery, otolaryngology, craniofacial orthodonture, and others, including care coordinators and therapists. The patient-centered team explores all options -- including not doing surgery. We make recommendations based on our collective expertise and help you determine the best course of action for your child and family.
- Duke Children's one of only seven hospitals in the U.S. verified as a level I children's surgery center by the American College of Surgeons. This Level I designation recognizes our commitment to providing the safest and highest-quality surgical care to our young patients. In addition, the Duke Cleft and Craniofacial team has been designated at the highest level by the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association.
Having a child with a deformity or traumatic injury is hard for the entire family. We offer a variety of family-friendly services to explain to siblings what’s happening and offer emotional support to everyone in your family.
- If your child is in the hospital, you can relax in the Ronald McDonald House Family Room. You can grab a light meal, shower, do laundry, or use a computer with internet access.
- Get support, education, and guidance to help you and your child during treatment and hospitalization. Our child life specialists are here to make your child's health care experience positive -- whether it's explaining a procedure, offering encouragement, or using fun activities to take your child’s mind off treatment.
- Let us help you navigate the medical system and coordinate the variety of health services your child needs. Our care coordinators and social workers can help you work with insurance providers, connect you with resources, and help you manage the details related to your child’s care.