Over the past 30 years we have built a multidisciplinary team highly specialized in the diagnosis and treatment of congenital malformations affecting the cranio-maxillo-facial area. Our mission is to provide patient centered care that involves many qualified healthcare professionals that cooperate to ensure a qualified and organized service with easy access for patients. The team works within the Maxillo-facial Surgical Unit of the Hospital of Vicenza. We are a recognized/certified Regional Cleft and Craniofacial Center and patients from all over Italy come for treatment.
The multidisciplinary team covers different specialties, which are: Maxillo-facial surgery (including cleft surgery and orbital surgery), ENT surgery, Neurosurgery, Pediatrics and Neonatology, Pediatric surgery, Phoniatrics and Speech therapy, Dentistry and Orthodontics, Psychology, Obstetric ultrasound and Prenatal diagnosis, Physical therapy, Genetics and Radiology. We have a specific clinical pathway for inpatients and outpatients, and we also provide specific prenatal counselling with all the members of the team for parents that are expecting a child with congenital malformations
and for couples that decide to adopt a child with craniofacial malformations. We strongly believe in collaboration with parents societies and therefore provide all the contact into to new patients and their families. Our purpose is to provide the best care possible for patients and their parents throughout growth. The information/education booklets and leaflets that we give to all parents contain detailed information on the child's malformation, the treatment protocol, the hospital stay and patients' rights and responsabilities.
We have signed an agreement with the Universities of Padua, Verona and Ferrara to provide specialized training for medical and dental residents (maxillo-facial surgery, orthodontics), speech therapy students and nurses. Residents and speech therapy students are involved in clinical research activity and are encouraged to share the results by writing their final dissertation, publish scientific articles and/or present at annual meetings and conferences. Our expertise in care, training, education and research will contribute to the care for patients with a rare craniofacial disorder.
** Members of CRANIO Network Board: Ugo Baciliero and Katherine Piacentile