Corrective Surgery for Treacher Collins Syndrome
Conditions resulting from Treacher Collins syndrome are:
- Under-developed jaws – This defect causes the tongue to be pushed farther back towards the throat, resulting in a smaller airway. This causes breathing difficulties for the child.
- Sleep apnea– This sleeping disorder can result from underdeveloped jaws that force the tongue into the back of the throat, thus restricting the airway and interrupting breathing during sleep.
- Hearing problems – This results from malformation of the ears, ranging from a prominent ear to a complete absence of the external ear.
- Trouble feeding – If breathing difficulty exists, it can affect the child’s feeding severely enough to keep them from getting proper nutrition. A gastric tube for supplemental feeding may be needed to ensure that the child does not suffer from malnutrition.
- Cleft palate – Most children suffering from Treacher Collins syndrome will have some abnormality of the palate.
- Eye deformities – This syndrome can cause the lower eyelids to be notched, stretched and drooped.
- Speech difficulties – Speech problems are usually caused by the deformities in the palate, as well as the ears. If hearing aids are worn at an early age and the palate abnormality is fixed, the speech problems may be avoided completely.
Corrective Surgery for Treacher Collins Syndrome Conditions
At Face and Jaw Surgery Center, our skilled and professional oral and maxillofacial surgeons perform surgical procedures to correct many side effects of Treacher Collins syndrome:
- Distraction osteogenesis – This procedure can be used to correct the underdeveloped jaw by using a device to gradually lengthen the jawbone. This technique may decrease the number of surgeries needed to correct the jaw abnormality. It may also correct any breathing difficulties, sleep disorders and feeding issues as well.
- Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) – This surgical procedure removes excess tissue at the back of the throat, such as tonsils, uvula and part of the soft palate. Removing the excess tissue which blocks the airway during sleep can prevent the patient from experiencing sleep apnea.
- Maxillomandibular advancement – During this surgery, the jaws are moved forward from the remainder of the face bones. This advancement enlarges the space behind the tongue and soft palate, making obstruction of the airway less likely to occur.
- Cleft palate surgery – This procedure repairs the split or opening in the palate or roof of the mouth. This can help with feeding problems associated with Treacher Collins syndrome.
Schedule a no-obligation consultation about corrective procedures for Treacher Collins syndrome with the surgeons at Face and Jaw Surgery Center at one of our four, convenient North Dakota locations. Our surgeons are specially trained in oral and maxillofacial surgery and have performed many corrective procedures for patients with Treacher Collins syndrome and other congenital defects of the face and jaw. We can evaluate the needs of your child and recommend the most effective treatment plan. Our number-one goal is to provide safe and effective procedures to enhance the health and quality of life of our patients.
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