Procedures for Children in Fort Worth
Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Emily Kirby offers pediatric surgery for the following conditions.
Some children are born with ears that are not fully formed. Microtia, or underdeveloped ear, and anotia, or absent ear, are variable in their appearance. The condition may or may not be associated with hearing loss. Ear reconstruction is performed using rib cartilage in several stages.
Hemangiomas and lymphangiomas are the most common benign (non-cancerous) tumors of the skin in infants. They may be present at birth or they may appear later. Some hemangiomas may disappear in the first few months of life. Others may grow quickly and disappear years later. Removal of the hemangioma using laser or surgical excision may be advised.
Some types of pigmented lesions or moles are worrisome in children since they can turn into cancer. It is a good idea to get any concerning moles checked.
Breast asymmetry may be caused by a congenital anomaly, present at birth. Poland Syndrome is a common cause of breast asymmetry, involving chest wall, arm, and breast abnormalities. Reconstruction using implants, muscles, or soft tissue can be used to create a breast.
Ear Reshaping (Ear Pinning or Otoplasty)
Otoplasty, or ear reshaping/pinning, is a common operation performed to correct prominent ears. Children entering school can benefit greatly from the improved self-esteem this surgery provides. Adults with old ear injuries and children with other ear defects present at birth (“lop ear,” “Stahl’s ear,” “constricted ear,” or “cryptotia”) are also candidates for otoplasty.
Infant Ear Molding
Infants born with ear abnormalities (prominent ears, “lop ear,” “Stahl’s ear,” or “constricted ear,”) can be treated within the first six weeks of life by molding the ear cartilage. Molding the ear at this age may avoid later surgical correction of the ear(s).
Torticollis, or tight neck muscles, that is not treated effectively with physical therapy, may require surgical intervention. The tight neck muscle can be loosened, allowing full range of motion of the neck.