Treatments & Procedures

The Cleft and Craniofacial Center of NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital feature renowned experts in the following surgical specialties:

  • Plastic and craniofacial surgery
  • Oral surgery
  • Ear/nose/throat surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Eye surgery

These specialists are available to your child to perform procedures such as:

Facial and Cranial Reconstruction

Our plastic and craniofacial surgeons perform reconstruction of facial clefts (including cleft lip and cleft palate), cleft lip revision, ear malformations (such as microtia), facial asymmetry, craniosynostosis, and a variety of other facial and cranial abnormalities. We perform surgeries on children with congenital asymmetry of the upper and lower jaw.

In children in whom bone abnormalities cause irregularities in the shape of the skull or facial features, our plastic surgeons, working with other members of the craniofacial treatment team, can move these bones of the head and face into more natural positions. In some patients, we achieve these changes gradually through a technique known as "distraction osteogenesis," providing these children with a more normal appearance.

Maxillofacial Reconstruction

Our oral surgeons perform maxillofacial reconstruction, primarily of the teeth and peri-oral region, including the treatment of children who have acquired a deformity from trauma, tumors, or congenital abnormalities. They perform surgery to correct facial asymmetries and to adjust the alignment of the jaws and other facial structures as children grow.

In children with craniofacial abnormalities, oral surgeons are involved in reconstructing the lower jaw and the upper jaw. For instance, a child who has a cleft lip and palate may be missing bone in the cleft and upper jaw near the teeth. An oral surgeon will perform a bone graft to reconstruct this area.

Oral surgeons also perform procedures to correct other deformities, and abnormal growth, of the upper and lower jaws.

Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) Surgery

Our otolaryngologists (ENT specialists) evaluate and care for children with hearing, swallowing, and respiratory problems related to cleft and craniofacial conditions.

Many children have ear fluid or congenital abnormalities that interfere with their hearing. Otolaryngologists can identify these problems; perform surgery to treat any correctable hearing issues; and offer hearing aid support, including specially designed hearing aids based on cutting-edge technology and cochlear implants for children who can benefit.

Our otolaryngologists also evaluate and treat upper airway problems, since craniofacial conditions can impact breathing. They use flexible scopes which allow them to perform these evaluations even in very small infants.

Brain, Skull, and Spine Surgery

Our pediatric neurosurgeons treat infants and small children who have congenital disabilities affecting the brain, skull, and spine.

Also, they use state-of-the-art approaches to treating children and adolescents recovering from head trauma and tumors.

Eye Surgery

Our Craniofacial Centers also feature oculoplastic surgeons, who perform reconstruction of eye structures.


The Cleft and Craniofacial Center
at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital

161 Fort Washington Ave., Suite 511
New York, NY 10032

Call: 212-305-4346