Multiple Specialists, One Appointment
It takes a village to take care of a child with a cleft. At Ochsner, that village includes specialists from pediatrics; genetics; neurosurgery; orthodontics; otolaryngology; plastic, craniofacial and reconstructive surgery; speech and language pathology; and psychology and social work. They’re talented, gifted and, most of all, engaged. They’re here to make a difference.
For the convenience of our patients and their families, our team coordinator arranges three-hour visits yearly with families. This allows patients to be seen by numerous specialists at one time and at one location. At this annual visit, called a Cranofacial Clinic, patients receive a full evaluation. Afterwards, our team will send their recommendations to both you and your primary care doctor. Mini Skull Clinics (for patients with skull-related issues) and Mini VPI clinics (for kids with speech and ENT issues) are also available. Out-of-town families often receive assistance with overnight lodging at Brent House Hotel for this visit.
Ochsner adheres strictly to the components identified by the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association as essential to quality care. These guidelines have to do with the composition and management of the care team, the communication between the family and the caregivers (being sensitive to cultural and economic factors) and the need to do follow-up assessments to determine the effectiveness of the intervention.
Your child couldn’t be in better hands.