This atlas provides comprehensive, step-by-step guidance on surgical management of the cleft lip, alveolus, and palate. In particular, it demonstrates how an anatomical approach to management provides a sound basis for dealing with the many variations in cleft type. The displaced anatomical borders and landmarks, as well as the functional and aesthetic units, are fully described. The art of dissecting them from their abnormal position is illustrated, and their reconstruction into a normal and functional shape is meticulously explained. The main treatment philosophy underlying the described approach is that children born with cleft deformity should be “cleftless” by the time they enter the first grade of primary school. They must have normal speech. They should not have a fistula or residual cleft in the palate and/or the alveolus. And they should have a normal face so that they can confront the challenges of life without cleft stigmata. Both novice and more experienced surgeons will find this atlas to be a valuable aid to optimal treatment, and readers will have online access to videos of the described surgical procedures.
• Offers step-by-step guidance on surgical management of the cleft lip, alveolus, and palate
• Illustrates the benefits of an anatomical approach to surgical management
• Provides the knowledge needed to ensure that children born with cleft deformity are “cleftless” by the time they enter primary school
• Includes online access to videos of the surgical procedures
Nasser Nadjmi, MD, DDS, PhD, FEBOMFS, is Professor and Coordinating Program Director for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, and Director of the Team for Cleft Lip and Palate and Craniofacial Anomalies at the University Hospital, Antwerp, Belgium. He is the chairman of the department of Cranio-Maxillofacial surgery at the Univ. Hosp., Antwerp, Belgium and works at the private practice ‘Craniofacial Association Antwerp’ at the Gen. Hosp. Monica and Gen. Hosp. KLINA, Antwerp, Belgium. Dr. Nadjmi gained his DDS and MD at The Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, in 1992 and 1995 respectively. He finished his basic training in maxillofacial surgery in Belgium and subsequently completed fellowships in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in Houston, Texas, and in Cosmetic Surgery in Miami, Florida, USA. He became a Fellow of the European Association of Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgeons (European board-certified maxillofacial surgeon) in 2002.
In 2011 Dr. Nadjmi completed a PhD at Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands on “The evolution of 3D maxillofacial planning concepts in orthognathic surgery”.