Centers of Excellence
Pediatric Craniofacial Surgery Department
Integrated treatment according to the particular needs of each patient.
Craniofacial Surgery Department was created to offer comprehensive care in the field of fissures and other craniofacial abnormalities in Greece, according to the international standards and therapeutic protocols.
The Department’s high level of specialization as well as its staff’s experience on treatment and rehabilitation of children and adults facial abnormalities through state-of-the-art methods and surgical techniques, classify MITERA’s Craniofacial Surgery Department as a centre of excellence in Europe.
One of the particular characteristics of the Department is the customized and integrated treatment of all cases according to the particular needs of each patient. As a result, the patient is attended not only by the Craniofacial Surgeon but also by highly qualified doctors and scientists of all medical specialties that are necessary for the successful treatment of his particular case.
The Craniofacial Surgery Department of MITERA is distinguished due to the following reasons:
- It is the only Center in Greece and one of the few similar ones in Europe that specializes in such cases following the international standards.
- It is acknowledged by the European Society of Craniofacial Surgery.
Other specialties offered
Besides Craniofacial Surgery, the Department offers also some other specialties including:
- Speech Therapy
- Molecular Biology – Genetics
- Dentistry – Orthodontics (aesthetic orthodontics for adults & child orthodontics)
- Counseling psychology – Children psychology
- Physical therapy
The Department performs the following:
Reconstructive surgeries in children
- Cleft lip / palate reconstruction
- Removal of congenital moles
- Tumour rehabilitation (i.e. fibrous dysplasia)
- Treatment of vascular malformations
- Treatment of eyelid phimosis
- Treatment of cephalic disorders / cranioplastics (i.e. Scaphocephaly, trigonochephaly, plagiocephaly)
- Rehabilitation of various syndromes (i.e. Crouzon, Apert, hemifacial microsomia)
Cosmetic surgeries in children
- Otoplasty & Eyelid ptosis treatment
Reconstructive surgeries in adults
- Reconstruction of head and face deficits after trauma
- Reconstruction of craniofacial abnormalities
- Reconstruction of head and face deficits after removal of tumours
- Reconstruction of exophthalmos
Cosmetic surgeries in adults
- Eyelid plastic surgery
- Face lift
For a safer and more effective surgical treatment of all cases the Department has the following:
- Specially trained anaesthesiologists & child anaesthesiologists
- Specialized child intensivists
- State-of-the-art medical equipment
- Special equipment for neurosurgery & craniofacial surgery
- Special imaging equipment
Cleft lip and palate
Cleft lip and palate are the most common congenital face abnormalities (1/650 births). The reason for these abnormalities remains unknown. Babies with fissures should be followed up by a team of specialists that offers to parents the necessary information and help them face any problems that may occur such as, for example, difficulties in feeding, etc.
The first operation on the cleft lip usually takes place at the age of three months. In case that, complementary operations are needed, a specific time-schedule should be followed.
Babies and young children with palates have an increased sensitivity to otitis and they should be regularly tested by an otorhinolaryngologist and speech pathologist in order to evaluate their hearing, speech and language and prevent complications. Regular screening by a child dentist and an orthodontist ensures oral hygiene and jaw development.
Craniosynostosis and Craniofacial Syndromes
The coronal suture is a dense, fibrous connective tissue joint that separates the frontal and parietal bones of the skull. At birth, the bones of the skull do not meet.
Scaphocephaly – Trigonochephaly – Plagiocephaly
Apert’s Syndrome Reconstruction
- Thyroid exophthalmos:
Thyroid exophthalmos is accompanied by functional and aesthetic problems (eye displacement, corneal irritation and optic nerve compression). The reconstruction with craniofacial techniques takes place for aesthetic improvement and symptoms relief.
- Bone dysplasia:
Fibrous dysplasia. A rare type of meningioma.
Dysplasias are usually not malignant but they change the anatomic structure of the bones and they cause functional and morphological disorders.
- Injuries in car accidents often cause abnormalities that require a series of surgeries and the cooperation of many specialties
- Orbit deformity correction