Every parent is overjoyed with the addition to their family. But a child born with a deformity due to a birth defect is quite a devastating emotion, due to the potential impact it has on the child’s life. When this happens, parents are in a dilemma – as to whether to put the child through the trauma of undergoing a surgery, or whether to have the child suffer because of the deformity. This is where skilled paediatric plastic surgeons come in. Apart from ensuring that the child is in absolute safe hands, these plastic surgeons know how to proceed keeping the child’s best interest in mind. Hyderabad Plastic Surgery is one such group of plastic surgeons, with expertise in paediatric plastic surgery as well, who have the skill, experience and expertise to help your child live a better life.
Paediatric Plastic Surgery
Paediatric plastic surgery is the branch of medicine that deals with plastic and reconstructive surgery for children with either congenital defects, or defects that occur due to illnesses, injury, etc.
Most common birth defects that requires paediatric plastic surgery
Cleft palate, and other craniofacial birth defects: The cleft palate and other craniofacial defects offer evaluation, diagnosis, and treatments for congenital and acquired head and neck defects.
Congenital and acquired defect of the hand: Our paediatric plastic surgeons specialise in specific treatments like hand rehabilitation, which involve lacerations of the tendons and bone fractures. Reconstruction of missing parts is one of the most distinct expertise our paediatric plastic surgeons specialise in. Reconstruction of missing parts is done by transferring tissues from another area of the body to the defect area.
Malformations of blood vessels: Blood vessel malformation is a defect that can affect the arteries, veins and the lymphatics. A team of multidisciplinary vascular anomalies consisting of specialists in pediatric dermatology, radiology, general pediatric surgery, and plastic surgery, come together to evaluate and perform surgery to improve the child’s life.
Common conditions that need reconstructive surgery for children
- Breast abnormalities
- Tumors of the trunk and lower extremities
- Ear deformities – can be congenital or due to trauma
- Congenital hand and surgery (involves correction of tendons, nerves and fractures)
- Asymmetrical Jawline
- Scars and Keloids
- Severe skin and soft tissue defects
- Nasal deformities – can be congenital or because of an injury
- Reconstructive surgery for burns
- Brachial plexus palsy
- Facial fractures
Who is a paediatric plastic surgeon?
Paediatric plastic surgeons are specialists who provide compassionate treatment to children with congenital disabilities and injuries that need corrective surgery or reconstruction of missing parts. Besides knowing about the latest procedures and techniques, our paediatric plastic surgeons also understand the unique challenges which are involved in caring for children.
What kind of training do paediatric plastic surgeons have?
Pediatric plastic surgeons are MDs with:
- Minimum of 4 years of experience in treating children
- At least 3 years of residency training in general surgery, otolaryngology, neurosurgery, urology, orthopaedic surgery, or a combined residency in general surgery/oral surgery
- Additional training in plastic surgery for at least 3 years
- A fellowship training in pediatric plastic surgery