Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
The Pediatric Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Program at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and McGovern Medical School at UTHealth specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and long-term management of children with congenital or acquired cleft and craniofacial deformities. Approved by the American Cleft Palate Association, our recognized cleft team specializes in care of children needing surgery to improve the appearance and/or function of abnormal structures of the body caused by birth defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma, infection, tumors and disease.
Our skilled medical professionals used the most sophisticated diagnostic tools and the latest surgical and nonsurgical techniques to treat even the most complex cases. Specialty programs have been developed to address the specific needs of our patients. These include:
Meet the Team
Children who need plastic or reconstructive surgery benefit from a team approach combining the expertise of physicians and allied healthcare professionals from across 13 different specialties and subspecialties to ensure patients receive coordinated, evidence-based care and experience the best possible clinical outcomes.
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Physicians are actively pursuing and participating in the research and development aiming to improve treatment for our patients. Current research includes a coordinated approach with The Fetal Center and UTHealth Medical School’s Program in Children’s Regenerative Medicine and to develop stem cell treatment programs for cleft and craniofacial surgery.
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Anthony: Cleft Lip and Palate
Daniella Coca’s son Anthony was born with both a cleft lip and palate. Coca was five months pregnant when she received the diagnosis after a 3-D ultrasound, which afforded her and Anthony’s father several months to meet John Teichgraeber, M.D., and his team, determine a plan of action and better prepare themselves emotionally for the journey ahead.
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Physicians Bring Smiles to Patients Abroad
Pediatric surgeons have the ability to bring smiles to patients and their families. Dr. John Teichgraeber, director of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in the Department of Pediatric Surgery, recently brought smiles and positive outcomes to patients in Mexico as part of a medical mission trip.
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