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  • Sertoma Club of Broad Ripple Donates $2500

    04/25/2012 | TreatmentsCleft & Craniofacial Anomalies

    The Sertoma Club of Broad Ripple recently donated $2500 to the Cleft and Craniofacial Clinic to upgrade the clinic’s digital photography program. The Broad Ripple club operates under the umbrella of Sertoma Organization whose motto is “SERvice TO MAnkind”. Their primary mission is to provide services to the hearing community. The club donated the initial funding for the clinic to…

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  • Reflections: The Benefits of a Children’s Hospital

    04/12/2012 | TreatmentsCleft & Craniofacial Anomalies

    I frequently am asked if there are any differences in the experience of being in a children’s hospital versus a children’s wing of an adult hospital. The short answer is yes. The longer answer is emphatically yes, and it has to do with issues that I hadn’t anticipated to be important before I started to work here. Superficially, the entire hospital façade is fun and child oriented.…

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  • Audiology Testing Part 2

    04/11/2012 | TreatmentsCleft & Craniofacial Anomalies

    In last week’s blog post, we introduced you to two of the tests commonly used by the Audiologist at your visit to the Cleft and Craniofacial Clinic at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. This week we conclude our discussion of the test battery that is used to determine the functional status of your child’s ears and how well your child is hearing. After we have done…

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  • Audiology Testing Part 1

    04/05/2012 | TreatmentsCleft & Craniofacial Anomalies

    What are all those different tests that Audiology uses and why? When you see an Audiologist at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health as one of your specialty visits combined with your Cleft and Craniofacial Clinic visit, we will help determine the functional status of your child’s ears and how well your child is hearing. We do this through a combination of different test procedures…

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  • The 2012 Harold M. Trusler Lectureship in Pediatric Plastic Surgery

    03/30/2012 | TreatmentsCleft & Craniofacial Anomalies

    Doctor Harold M Trusler was the first intern at Riley Hospital for Children when it opened in 1924. His desire to help children affected by birth defects and trauma led to his interest in reconstructive Surgery. Doctor Trusler became internationally known for his work in the Riley Hospital Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic and became the first director of the Division of Plastic Surgery at the Indiana University…

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  • Camp About Face Leadership Academy

    03/21/2012 | TreatmentsCleft & Craniofacial Anomalies

    The Camp About Face Leadership Academy, a companion program to Camp About Face for youth with craniofacial differences, takes place the weekend prior to the traditional camping program. A special application process, including submitting two essay questions, is required for admittance. The older campers, aged 15-18, spend the weekend participating in activities designed to promote self-awareness, leadership…

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  • Camp About Face 2011

    03/15/2012 | TreatmentsCleft & Craniofacial Anomalies

    Last summer's Camp About Face program, a camp for kids with cleft lip, cleft palate, and other facial differences, was a huge success! Kids on the camp's Facebook page have already begun numbering the days to next summer's camp session. We created Camp About Face in 1989 to provide a camping experience where our patients with craniofacial anomalies, age 8 to 18, can interact with others…

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  • Camp About Face Day at the National Maple Syrup Festival

    03/08/2012 | TreatmentsCleft & Craniofacial Anomalies

    Saturday, March 3, 2012 was declared “Camp About Face Day” at the National Maple Syrup Festival in Medora, Indiana. Camp About Face is a week-long summer camp for children with craniofacial conditions sponsored by the Cleft and Craniofacial Program at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. The National Maple Syrup Festival benefits Camp About Face through its association with the Heads…

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  • Dynacleft Therapy in Preparation for Cleft Lip Repair

    02/29/2012 | TreatmentsCleft & Craniofacial Anomalies

    One of the great challenges of cleft lip repair is to reconstruct a child with a wide cleft lip. In these children, there is a large space to close and the nose is often pulled to the side. A new innovation which we have adopted for our cleft lip patients is the Dynacleft band. What is Dynacleft you ask? Dynacleft is a self-adhesive tape that helps to align both the bones and soft tissues for patients…

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  • Cleft Lip Repair

    02/29/2012 | TreatmentsCleft & Craniofacial Anomalies

    When should my child undergo surgery? Parents often ask our Cleft and Craniofacial Team members: "When is the best time to perform cleft lip repair?" For parents, there are sometimes conflicting needs of limiting the risks to performing surgery on a very young child and wanting their child to undergo cleft lip surgery as soon as possible. Currently, the typical time to perform cleft lip repair is 3…

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