Craniofacial Surgery


Information about Craniofacial Surgery for Children and Adults: The need...

Each year in the United States, over 7,000 children are born with facial challenges. For example, one in every 600 children born has a cleft of the lip and/or palate. Many conditions can be corrected with craniofacial reconstructive surgery; these may include:

  • cleft lip and palate
  • skull and facial deformities such as:
    • Craniosyntosis,
    • Crouzon Syndrome,
    • Apert Syndrome,
    • Craniofacial Microsomia or Goldenhar Syndrome
  • other rare syndromes affecting facial structures such as:
    • Treacher-Collins Syndrome,
    • Pierre-Robin Sequence, or
    • Nager Syndrome
  • tumors of the craniofacial region or skull base
  • craniofacial trauma

"It takes a vision and understanding..."

Treatment for craniofacial abnormalities is rapidly advancing. For instance, utilizing new imaging techniques, the diagnosis and care of a child with a craniofacial deformity or cleft can begin even before birth.

We achieve success for our patients through our ability to provide premiere craniofacial care. Complete diagnosis, treatment planning, a carefully staged reconstructive approach, and proper follow‑up are absolutely essential. We pride ourselves on keeping families well informed and helping patients make good decisions about their care, as the challenges of comprehensive facial rehabilitation require thoughtful attention from infancy through adolescence.

We gladly treat patients from other regions and nations. If you are traveling from another city or country, we will assist you with lodging arrangements and interpreting services as needed. For further information, please contact:

Bernard J. Costello, DMD, MD
Chief, Division of Craniofacial and Cleft Surgery
Program Director, Craniofacial Fellowship and Residency
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine
Salk Hall, Suite G-32
3501 Terrace Street
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15261
412-648-6801, 412-692-2229

Fax: 412-648-6835

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