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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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  • Debby Crevonis, Clinic Photographer

    02/23/2012 | TreatmentsCleft & Craniofacial Anomalies

    Many of the visitors to the Cleft and Craniofacial Clinic at Riley Hospital have experienced the gentle manner of our clinic photographer, Debby Crevonis. Debby's reassuring ways and collection of flashing toys have coaxed a smile from even the most timid child.  Debby was in nursing school when marriage and children took her life in a new direction. Debby gave up dreams of a medical career,…

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  • Sharing Expertise Locally and Globally

    02/15/2012 | TreatmentsCleft & Craniofacial Anomalies

    The Cleft and Craniofacial team at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health was proud to represent Indiana and the Midwest in the prestigious ISCFS conference. Our ongoing involvement with the national and international societies of cleft and craniofacial surgery puts us in the cutting edge of facial reconstruction. We are privileged to make contributions to this body, share our expertise, and stay…

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  • The Cleft and Craniofacial Team repairs cleft lips, cleft palates, and a variety or other facial differences from some of the more common conditions to the most complex cases.

    Welcome to the Cleft & Craniofacial Team Blog

    02/08/2012 | TreatmentsCleft & Craniofacial Anomalies

    The Cleft and Craniofacial Team at Riley Hospital for Children understands that navigating the online maze of craniofacial care can sometimes feel overwhelming for patients and families. Selecting providers, obtaining accurate information, and finding resources are all necessary to make informed decisions about your child’s care. In response to this need, our team has established this blog. Each…

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  • Together, We Can Improve The Health Of American Children—Even In The Middle Of Winter

    01/30/2012 | Everyday WellnessHealthy EatingPlay and ExerciseTreatmentsDiabetes & Endocrinology

    A prominent health issue on the mind of many Hoosiers is the childhood obesity struggle that our state--and our nation as a whole--faces. It's estimated that currently in our country, as many as one in three children is affected by the obesity epidemic. And during the winter time, it can be especially tough to get active. That's something that we at IU Health and Riley Hospital for…

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