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Plastic Surgery

We care for infants, children, and youth with a wide range of plastic surgery needs, including treatment of vascular anomalies.
About

​We provide diagnostic and treatment services for infants and children from birth to 16 years of age.

We treat:

  • Brachial Plexus Injury and Complex Upper Limb Conditions
  • Breast and Chest-Wall Anomalies
  • Burns and Scar Management
  • Cleft Lip/Palate & Craniofacial Abnormalities
  • Congenital Hand Anomalies
  • Congenital Anomalies of face, head, neck and upper extremity
  • Ear abnormalities
  • Microsurgery
  • Microtia
  • Nerve injury
  • Pigmented lesions
  • Repair and Reconstruction of Face, Head and Neck due to trauma
  • Skin lesions
  • Vascular Anomalies

Our goal

The Plastic Surgery Team is unified in their goal to provide excellent patient- and family-centered care.

We combine research, education and clinical practice to provide innovation and scientifically based treatment that improves the lives of patients and their families.

Vascular anomolies

The clinic

The Vascular Anomalies Clinic is a collaborative, multidisciplinary team that provides care to pediatric patients with disorders of blood and lymphatic vessel growth and development.

Team members include:
  • Plastic Surgeons
  • Dermatologist
  • Interventional Radiologist
  • Orthopedic Surgeon
  • Ear/Nose/Throat Surgeons
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Nurse
  • Administrative Assistant

Our team

Vascular malformations

A vascular birthmark (anomaly or lesion) is the result of a problem with growth and development of normal blood and/or lymphatic vessels.

They are categorized as either a vascular tumor or a vascular malformation (VM). A hemangioma the most common vascular tumor. It is not cancerous. It is a problem of cellular hyperplasia (too many normal cells form in a disorganized manner). A vascular malformation is the result of a developmental error within the cells and the cells do not develop as they should do.

Either of these anomalies may appear flat, raised, and coloured in various shades of pink, blue, purple, or red. Despite their similar appearances these anomalies have different treatment plans and expected outcomes.

Diagnosis

We must examine the history of the birthmark reported by the patient and family. We also perform a physical examination of the mark and sometimes need to use radiologic testing to diagnose the birthmark. The imaging technique most often used is magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Other studies may be performed as needed, such as ultrasounds, or angiograms.

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Research

We conduct research that aims to improve pediatric quality of life through evaluation and innovation in plastic surgery.

Our focus of study is on:

  • Burns, burn healing and Scar Management
  • Brachial Plexus Injury & Upper Extremity Injury
  • Cleft Lip/Palate
  • Craniofacial anomalies
  • Hand Anomalies
  • Hemangiomas Trauma
  • Vascular Anomalies
  • Velopharyngeal Incompetence
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