Correcting Birth Defects
A deforming birth defect has a devastating psychological impact upon the child’s parents, and it has the potential for lifelong impact upon the physical, psychological and socioeconomic well being of the child. Plastic surgery can improve or correct many of these birth defects. Because timing of surgery is often an important factor in improving the prospect for a successful outcome, early consultation should be sought with a plastic surgeon.
The primary care physician and the plastic surgeon work closely together in designing the most effective treatment plan for the affected child. Commonly, they work in the context of a multidisciplinary team. The family physician and pediatrician may work together with the surgeon to help the parents deal rationally with treatment options. The physicians also may counsel the parents regarding the emotional, psychological and financial resources that may be strained by treatment that sometimes requires many months or years to complete.