CLEFT LIP AND PALATE FaceCenterLA - Craniofacial Surgery, Maxillofacial Surgery, Reconstructive Surgery
One in every 700 births results in a cleft lip, a cleft palate, or both. Many of these congenital deformities occur in families that have no history of clefts. While it is known how cleft deformities occur, it is seldom known why. Cleft defects develop very early in pregnancy. They result from an abnormality in the genes (units of heredity) or chromosomes (packets of genes). These elements contain the information that determines who the child will be formed. Why and how abnormalities in the genes and chromosomes develop is largely unknown. An individualized genetic assessment may be helpful in identifying the cause of malformation.
Dr. Schendel specializes in craniofacial surgery, performing a multitude of treatment procedures on a wide variety of craniofacial anomalies and cleft lip/cleft palate disorders. FaceCenterLA doctors will work with other doctors and specialists to provide a full comprehensive treatment for you.
FaceCenterLA specializes in treatment of pediatric and adult patients and will assist you with optimal timing for your procedures. FaceCenterLA has an on-site state-of-the-art 3D Craniofacial Cone Beam CT Scan (iCAT CBCT) and 3D imaging and virtual software program, which provides valuable diagnostic and treatment planning tools to effectively manage and plan your treatment.
Additionally, Dr. Schendel has devoted his own time and resources to medical missions in third-world countries, reconstructing pediatric patients with congenital anomalies and traumatic deformities, including cleft lip and palate, and burn victims.