Congenital Deformities

Dr. Thompson also specializes in reconstruction of the face and sees patients with many congenital deformities, such as cleft lip repair and microtia.

Cleft lip repair is the surgical correction of the cleft lip birth deformity. This procedure is typically performed around 3-6 months of age and commonly involves repairing nostril asymmetry (tip rhinoplasty) as well. Repairs can be done at any age but the it’s typically best to perform the repair while still small and prior to age of awareness.

One particular area of interest for Dr. Thompson is microtia reconstruction. Microtia, or congenital malformation of the ear, is a relatively uncommon problem in the United States, but much more common in several South American countries.  Since these patients are born without an ear, or only a small remnant, reconstruction is a multi-stage endeavor that requires patience and dedication by both the surgeon and the patient. A few pictures are included below. For more information about our HUGS foundation please visit helpusgivesmiles.org or visit Dr. Thompson’s Medical Mission page. Our organization is dedicated to improving the lives of children, and we invite you to consider making a donation to this worthy cause with the assurance that all funds are used to directly benefit underserved children.

Microtia Repair

 

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