As per new statistics obtained from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons or ASPS, around 220, 000 craniofacial and maxillofacial procedures were successfully performed throughout the United States during the year 2016. There are a large number of patients who have been reported to undergo a series of reconstructive and plastic surgeries per year for treating congenital deformities. It has also been reported that patients have also obtained craniofacial anomalies because of burns, accidents, illnesses and trauma.
Which Organizations are Coming Together and for What Purpose?
With the objective of raising awareness of craniofacial and cleft disorders, The Plastic Surgery Foundation or The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the ASCFS or The American Society of Craniofacial Surgery and the ASMS or The American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons will be coming together in the month of July. The main objective behind this band is supporting National Craniofacial and Cleft Awareness and Prevention Month. Children suffering from craniofacial and cleft anomalies are generally overlooked. This is because of the fact that much attention is offered to the other fields covering cosmetic surgery. It is also because such patients come from impoverished backgrounds. It is only because of this reason that the organizations have come together for the National Craniofacial and Cleft Awareness and Prevention Month. These members of these organizations are of the view that unless people are made aware of their individual circumstances and unless they know how to improvise the resources needed for proper care, the care for patients suffering from craniofacial and cleft anomalies will remain compromised.
Raising Awareness by Coming Up Together
According to experts, people generally have misconceptions regarding the patient population that suffers from craniofacial and cleft anomalies because of their physical appearances. Children suffering from craniofacial anomalies might have identifiable physical differences however a large number of such children might be normal intellectually. The surgeons who are in treating craniofacial and cleft anomalies are completely committed to restoring the physical form of the patient along with the psychological and emotional aspects of the patient. doctors specializing in palate and cleft lip repair along with craniofacial care are of the view that children who suffer from birth anomalies have requirements beyond cosmetic surgery. One area that is probably lacking in this field is the one concerning orthodontic care. Multidisciplinary care which includes orthodontists, surgeons and speech pathologists is one of the most crucial elements of craniofacial and cleft anomalies treatment. It is important for medical organizations to have support on the state, national and local level for this type of treatment and care.
Despite the fact that craniofacial and cleft anomalies are quite rare, medical organizations and surgeons want the public to know that ASCFS, ASMS and ASPS possesses highly experienced, trained and qualified member surgeons completely dedicated to caring for the patients of craniofacial and cleft anomalies. It is important for people to know that craniofacial and cleft surgeons do not work as technicians but they are doctors, friends and a source of constant support.