Once the patient has a complete understanding of the procedure and post-surgical care, a surgical plan can then be created. For children, because growth is still occurring, the doctor will need to take this growth in account when planning certain procedures.
To begin these types of procedures, the patient will need to come in for a consultation. This consultation will consist of a physical exam, a discussion of the patient’s complete medical history, and setting up imaging studies to fully understand the issue being corrected. These imaging studies may include X-Rays, MRIs, and CT scans. The ramifications of the surgery will also be discussed, including any psychological, social, and lifestyle ramifications.
Reconstructive surgery is typically performed with the help of general anesthesia. The procedure may take up to six hours depending on the type of corrective techniques required.