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Medical Help for Children With Deformities | Fresh Start

How We Care For Kids

Surgery Weekend

Surgery Weekends provide a fresh start to disadvantaged infants, children, and teens suffering from physical deformities. Fresh Start hosts multiple Surgery Weekends each year where experts in reconstructive surgery donate their time and talents to transform the lives of hundreds of  children with deformities annually.

Medical treatments are provided at one of the Fresh Start locations by an all-volunteer team of surgeons and medical professionals. Some of the conditions treated by child cosmetic surgery include: Microtia, Hemangioma, Neurofibromatosis, Hairy Nevus, Apert Syndrome, Cleft lip and Cleft palate, Treacher Collins Syndrome, Port wine stains, and Hemifacial Microsomia. A typical Surgery Weekend includes:

  •  9-12 Major Surgeries
  •  Speech Therapy Sessions
  •  Consultations with new patients
  • Numerous Minor Treatments
  • Evaluations of on-going patients
  • Postoperative Appointments

Fresh Start patients often require extensive follow up and years of surgeries and medical services until the best medical outcome has been reached. Fresh Start maintains long-term medical relationships with patients and follow-up surgeries – our average cleft lip and palate patient, for example, requires seven years of dental care and approximately 49 treatments until the best possible medical outcome has been reached.

Restorative & Orthodontic

Restorative & Orthodontic Dental Clinics help correct dentofacial abnormalities for patients with hemifacial microsomia, children with cleft lip and palate, and other deformities. An orthodontic dental service, such as a gum tissue graft for children, is often the final step in a lengthy process of surgeries and other medical treatments for many of our patients.

Preventative Care/Dental Education

All of Fresh Start Surgical Gifts’ patients receive education on proper dental hygiene as part of a comprehensive approach to healthcare. Proper cleaning and maintenance of the teeth and surrounding area is especially important for cleft lip and palate patients and we make sure to give these patients special attention. Also, Fresh Start Surgical Gifts provides pamphlets, floss, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and other dental hygiene equipment for all patients.

Support Services

Fresh Start Surgical Gifts’ comprehensive approach to healthcare goes beyond just reconstructive surgeries to treat children with deformities and other conditions – we offer a range of services to ensure that every child receives high quality, personalized care. The majority of Fresh Start Surgical Gifts’ patients participate in almost all of the medical services we offer since deformities affect multiple aspects of every patient.

Speech Therapy

Speech Therapy services allow children afflicted with craniofacial disorders, such as cleft lip and palate, to regain their ability to speak audibly and correctly. Each year patients receive complimentary speech therapy services which grant them the confidence and motivation to accomplish their goals and lead a happy and healthy life.

Laser Clinics

Laser Clinics treat infants, children, and teens each year who suffer from deformities such as port wine stain and burns – laser treatments also significantly reduce the appearance of scars created by reconstructive surgery.