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There are a variety of congenital (from birth) defects that can interfere with a child's ability to hear, breathe, speak, eat, swallow, and enjoy life. In some cases, surgery must be performed while your child is still a baby. For example, since babies only breathe through their noses, a defect obstructing the nose can be very serious and must be corrected quickly. Other times, it is important to wait until your child is older before surgery occurs. Because children's faces and bodies are still growing, timing of surgery can be important.
At Children's, you and your surgeon will work together to make decisions for your child. Together, you can discuss how your child's condition is affecting him or her developmentally, emotionally, functionally, and socially, and craft the best plan of care for your child.
About surgery for congenital deformities at Children's
The ENT surgery team at Children's provides next-generation care to neonatal infants, newborns, children, and adolescents from throughout the Upper Midwest. This multidisciplinary team provides some of the most cutting-edge, delicate treatments available, including newborn surgery and minimally invasive surgery. Otolaryngology surgery is performed at Children's - Minneapolis, Children's - St. Paul, and Children's West.
If you are a family member looking for a Children's ENT specialist, visit Find a Doctor.
If you are a health professional looking for a consultation or referral information, please call Children's Physician Referral at 1-866-755-2121 (toll-free).
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