What is Congenital anomalies?
These include any part of the body that has not developed properly in the womb, or that fails to develop normally during childhood. Congenital anomalies of the head and face include plagiocephaly or craniosynostosis (relating to the skull), hemifacial microsomia (facial asymmetry). Trunk and limb anomalies include asymmetric breasts (or breasts that have not developed at all), extra appendages and birth marks.
What are the non-surgical and surgical options available?
Non-surgical interventions are occasionally appropriate for specific circumstance, such as cranial moulding helmets for plagiocephaly whilst simple anomalies can be addressed with simple surgical solutions. More complex congenital anomalies would be addressed using a multidisciplinary team and treatment depends on the severity of the anomaly. The plan for surgical correction may require multiple stages and in the case of abnormalities in children, the planning and timing of surgical interventions is crucial to maximize growth potential.
How long do the results last for?
This is highly variable and is determined by the underlying condition, the patient’s age and the likely impact of growth.
What are the risks?
This is highly variable and is determined by the underlying condition, the bespoke treatment plan devised by Chris and any additional medical problems. Any scar can become unfavourable, especially if healing is complicated or prolonged. Hypertrophic or keloid scars are more common in certain skin types, whilst infection and bleeding are risks of any surgery. Scars can become tender where previously they were not and there is always the small risk of making things worse or of not meeting expectations.
What are the success rates?
Working within a highly specialised multidisciplinary team allows Chris to offer a bespoke set of solution options and gain the best possible outcome across multiple functional and cosmetic areas.
How much does the surgery cost?
The indicative prices below include the surgical fee, any anaesthetic used and the associated fees from the consultant administering this, in addition to the hospital fee and all tests and follow up. An accurate breakdown and a detailed quote will be given following the initial consultation.
From £1200 for excision under local anaesthetic
From £2800 for excision under general anaesthetic
What general advice is there?
Cosmetic abnormalities in children are normally best addressed when the child vocalises a concern with the affected area. Scar management is essential to optimise results and is beneficial for at least a year following surgery.
Facts for Congenital anomalies
- Surgery duration: 30 minutes-1.5 hours
- Type of anaesthesia: Local or general anaesthetic
- Time in hospital: 0-1 nights stay
- Time off work: 0 days
- Recovery time: 2 weeks
- First follow up appointment: 1 week
- Total number of follow up appointments: 2 or more
- Pain management: Simple pain relief (paracetamol and/or ibuprofen) once discharged.
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