Excellent Outcomes with Fewer Procedures
A Personalized, Family-Centered,
Team-Based Approach to Cleft and
At the Cleft and Craniofacial Institute of Utah, we dedicate ourselves to the reconstruction and care of children with birth defects and facial deformities. Certified by the American Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Association (ACPA), we offer a personalized, family-centered, team-based approach to cleft and craniofacial care. Each member of our highly skilled team has unique experience treating craniofacial anomalies. Most importantly, we treat your child as they were our own. Our commitment to the latest and most innovative techniques provides the best possible care to the children of Utah, the Intermountain West, and beyond.
Our specialties include: cleft lip, cleft palate, craniosynostosis, craniofacial syndromes, congenital ear deformities, hand deformities, jaw abnormalities, vascular malformations, facial trauma and facial cysts/masses/tumors.
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Cleft lips and palates are one of the most common birth anomalies that affect about 1/600 newborn babies in the United States and around 1/500 in the state of Utah. Clefts can range from quite mild to fairly severe. Most of the time they are an isolated anomaly, but are also associated with a number of gentic syndromes. Depending on what structures are involved dictates the complexity of the treatment plan. Our team works together with you to make a customized plan for your baby. Even the most severe of cases should be able to be treated with only a few surgical interventions by a well coordinated and efficient team.
The skull is made up of several different bones that are joined together by growth plates called "sutures." Craniosynostosis is a condition where one or more of these sutures fuse prematurely causing an abnormal head shape, decreased cranial volume, and the possiblilty of raised intracranial pressure. The treatment of craniosynostosis is surgical and the goals of surgery are to increase the volume of the skul and to correct the abnormal appearance of the head shape. There are two methods of surgical correction: open vault reconstruction and strip craniectomy. Dr. Griner's extensive training allows him to perform these complex procedures without the need for blood transfusions and spending only 1-2 nights in the hospital.
There are many syndromes that can affect the shape of the head and face and include Aperts, Crouzon, Pfieffer, Treacher Collins, and many others. Most of these syndromes include many other complex anomalies and need to be treated in a coordinated approach in order to reduce the number of operations the child will need. These syndromes are rare and require specialists that are very familiar with the intricacies of each syndrome. Dr. Griner's unique training provided him with extensive experience with craniofacial syndromes and makes him the premier choice to guide the management of your child's needs in Utah.
Ear deformities range from mild changes in shape to the complete abscence of an ear and deafness. Mild deformities can be treated in the first few weeks of life while others will require reconstructive surgery and hearing aids. No matter the severity, our specialists work together to provide normal appearance and improved hearing.
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