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Second opinions

Have you been told that your child needs surgery for a cranial abnormality, or on the other hand, that she or he does not need surgery? In some cases, craniofacial conditions can be quite complex, and the decision-making process is not always easy. Parents may often have concerns or doubts as to the best course of action for their child.

At our Center for Craniofacial Anomalies, we often see patients for second opinions in such cases. We offer these patients a comprehensive, multidisciplinary evaluation, including the only STAR cranial laser scanner in Missouri. If treatment is needed, we also offer the entire spectrum of craniofacial surgical and non-surgical treatment options. In many cases, at other institutions, treatment recommendations are made by a single surgeon or physician, based on his or her subjective impression. However, for complex conditions, a more careful and detailed approach is often necessary. We can offer you the expertise of multiple specialists from our fully-accredited Craniofacial Team to help you make the best decisions for your child. Our experience in treating children with unusual and rare conditions is very helpful in these cases, and we have published reports in the medical literature on unusual forms of craniosynostosis for the education of other medical professionals.

If you have questions as to the best treatment option for your child with a cranial abnormality, such as craniosynostosis or deformational plagiocephaly, we invite you to take advantage of the opportunity to obtain a second opinion at our Center for Craniofacial Anomalies. Your child’s previous medical records and any imaging studies will be carefully reviewed, and our thorough evaluation process will help you to better understand your child’s condition.

Our Team

  • Lynette Baker, RN, CPSN, BSN
    Lynette Baker, RN, CPSN, BSN
    • Nurse Clinician
  • Darren Wittenberger, MD
    Darren Wittenberger, DDS
    • Plastic/Craniofacial Surgery
  • Gale Rice, PhD, CCC-SLP
    Gale Rice, PhD, CCC-SLP
    • Speech Pathology

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Contact Us

If you have questions or concerns, feel free to contact our pediatric plastic surgery nurse at 573-882-4176.