Dr Bryant performs facial plastic surgical procedures on both adults and children. Common disorders treated include cleft lip, cleft palate, microtia and ear deformities, vascular malformations, and burn/scar injuries. He offers these treatments here in the U.S., and during his international medical mission trips. On these trips, he performs free surgeries to children of families in need. He talks more about his experience on these trips here.
This child above was born with a complete unilateral cleft lip deformity. The photo above is immediately before surgery. The photo on the bottom is from 1 year after surgery. He is doing well and can eat and talk like a normal child. Children born with cleft lip and palate deformities that are not treated often have great difficulty feeding because their lips cannot close to create a seal. Additionally, their palate is deformed so their nasal cavity is not separated from their mouth. This makes simple things like swallowing and speaking very difficult, if not impossible.
There are about 30 people that help on a surgical mission. This includes surgeons, assistant surgeons, scrub and circulating nurses, surgical assistants, anesthesiologists and CRNA’s, pediatricians and nurse practitioners. It is vital that the whole team work together effectively and communicate well for a surgical mission to be successful. Approximately 50-60 children receive surgical care during a 1 week mission. If you would like to donate to Healing the Children Northeast, please click here.