Every year, 3-4 percent of babies in the United States are born with a congenital anomaly. While the type and severity of these conditions can range from very mild to severe, they may impact your child’s appearance or their ability to speak, eat, or their motor development. Whether your child was born with a cleft lip or cleft palate, or they have another type of malformation, board-certified Raleigh plastic surgeon, Dr. Ortiz can help. Whether it affects their ears, nose, hands, or another part of their body, Dr. Ortiz can correct or repair the congential anomaly, allowing his patients to feel more confident and live a higher quality of life.
During fetal development, congenital abnormalities may develop, some structural, some functional. Structural abnormalities refer to how parts of the body like ears, hands, or feet form, while functional abnormalities refer to concerns with organs or systems such as the heart or stomach.
Plastic surgery is only used to correct or repair structural anomalies, the most common being a cleft lip or cleft palate. While some procedures can be performed on infants, especially in cases that affect the child's ability to eat or swallow, most procedures are delayed until the child is at least five years old. To determine the best course of action, Raleigh plastic surgeon, Dr. Ortiz, will discuss your child's case with you, the parent or guardian, and their pediatrician. While most congenital anomalies can be corrected or repaired during childhood, adults who still live with congenital abnormalities can benefit from developments in corrective surgery that is unavailable for children, like endoscopic procedures.
If you or your child are experiencing the affects of being born with a congenital anomaly, our Raleigh plastic surgery center may help. Dr. Ortiz is an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon who has helped patients live a happier, more confident life. To schedule a consultation, call us today at 919-532-2270 or submitting our online contact form below.