Technology-Based Innovative Approach to Craniofacial, Cleft and Plastic Surgery

Patients who visit Arkansas Children's for craniofacial, cleft and plastic surgery services have access to the most superior surgical procedures in the world. Because our highly skilled pediatric surgeons work closely with a multidisciplinary team, new procedures are quickly transferred across clinical settings, offering our pediatric patients constantly improved therapeutic options.

High-Tech Virtual Surgery Planning for Jaw Surgery

At Arkansas Children's, our craniofacial team uses high-tech virtual surgery planning for all of our jaw surgeries. By uploading a fine cut 3D computed tomography (CT) scan, laser scanning of the dental impressions and the patient's images, our craniofacial surgeons meet with biomedical engineers via a webinar to explore difficult surgical options, all in the planning phase. Through this advanced technology, our team is able to see how the patient will look with surgery, for improved outcomes. In addition, our biomedical engineers can also print 3D precise cutting guides to make the actual surgery safer, more efficient and more accurate.

Innovations in Pediatric Plastic Surgery

Our pediatric plastic surgeons are distinguished experts in understanding and treating a broad range of pediatric craniofacial and cleft conditions, using the latest advancements in surgical techniques. Some significant advances include the following procedures:

  • Cleft related surgery from primary lip and palate repair to orthognathic surgery (fixed or distraction techniques to bring the upper and lower jaws into proper alignment and/or improve breathing and bite)
  • Craniofacial bone distraction to lengthen any bone in the face or skull to improve breathing, vision or brain growth
  • Facial fracture repair
  • Fronto-orbito advancement, cranial vault remodeling, and cranioplasty to provide adequate room for the growing brain while correcting shape
  • Soft tissue reconstruction of the face and chest area

As part of a collaborative education effort, our group has produced short videos that are published and available in a peer-reviewed online video surgical journal To view these surgeries, click on the links below.