Craniofacial Care

By: Sahar El-Hodiri
By: Sahar El-Hodiri

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Cleft lip and other facial or skull abnormalities may be difficult to accept.

But now they'll be easier to correct. Now, you don't have to go outside Wichita for treatment.

The Wichita Clinic has a new craniofacial center. It takes away the tremendous burden of traveling for surgery, and all the headaches that go with it.

Five-year old Kyle Overton likes to play hard. And Kyle's mom, Faith Alexander, say now he can, without the constant headaches he used to have.

Faith says, "Almost like a migraine headache, but it would cause pressure on his brain and it would cause him to throw up." Kyle's brain was growing, but his skull was growing the wrong way.

Craniofacial surgeon Dr. Matthew Rosenberg says, "Instead of growing proportionately in width, height and length it was growing too much in length and not enough in width, so he had too long and too narrow a head."

The Wichita Clinic's new craniofacial center specializes in facial and skull abnormalities like these.

Doctors had to remove the bone that formed a ridge on Kyle's head, and remodel it so the brain can push the bones apart.

Six weeks after the surgery, Kyle is back at play. Faith says, "I was scared to put him through the surgery that Dr. Rosenberg did but I was more scared for him to keep going through all the headaches and all the pain he was going through."

Since the surgery, Kyle has been headache free, and carefree. Until now, the closest places to have craniofacial surgery were Oklahoma City, Kansas City or Dallas.

For more information call the Wichita Clinic Craniofacial Center at 689-9700 or 1-800-876-5111.

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