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Pediatric Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Center

Includes specialty programs: Craniofacial Center

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We provide a full range of reconstructive plastic surgery services for infants, children and teens. Our treatment goals are aimed at increasing the movement and function of parts affected by injury, disease, genetic syndromes, birth defects or abnormal development, and improving a child’s outside appearance to help him feel better about himself. And we do it with a compassionate, family-centered approach.

We have one focus: kids.

If your child needs surgery to fix a deformity caused by a birth defect, injury, illness or tumor, we have the experience and qualifications to treat your child to restore function and achieve the best possible cosmetic result.

The types of conditions we treat include:

  • Cleft lip and palate and craniostenosis
  • Hemangiomas and other vascular malformations
  • Birth defects of the ear (protruding or absent ear)
  • Birth defects of the hands (webbed fingers, extra or missing digits)
  • Birth defects of the chest and limbs (breast anomalies)
  • Birthmarks and moles
  • Injuries to the head, face, neck, jaws, hands, arms, legs and trunk
  • Scar reduction and repair, including burn scars
  • Cosmetic surgery to improve a child's self-image (e.g., nose reshaping, eyelid surgery, ear and chin repositioning, and correction of jaw or bite abnormalities)

Speech resonance clinic.

We offer a speech surgery clinic to evaluate and treat resonance disorders in children. Resonance disorders occur when there's an opening, inconsistent movement or obstruction that changes the way air flows through the mouth and nose during speech.

They can be caused by velopharyngeal incompetence (VPI), which occurs when the opening between the soft palate and the pharynx doesn't close properly during speech. Some children born with a cleft palate will develop VPI due to the mobility or length of the palate.

If your child requires speech surgery, we will develop an individualized treatment plan for him or her. Surgical options include:

  • Pharyngoplasty, to reduce the space behind the soft palate so less air escapes during speech
  • Pharyngeal flap, a procedure where a permanent bridge of tissue is created between the throat and soft palate to reduce nasal air escape
  • Palatal lengthening, a procedure that can be used when the palate is short or the soft palate muscles are not correctly positioned

Following surgery, your child will likely need speech therapy to practice correct articulation and develop good speech habits.

The EarWell™ System.

We offer an innovative and non-invasive treatment to correct ear deformities in infancy. The EarWell™ Infant Ear Correction System is a quick and painless non-surgical option for correcting most types of infant ear deformities.

We affix the device to an infant’s ears, ideally in the first few weeks of life when the cartilage is most malleable. Within 4 to 6 weeks, the ears will be normally shaped. The system has a 90 percent success rate.

If you have concerns about an ear deformity in your baby, talk to your doctor right away so treatment with EarWell molds can begin as quickly as possible. This will ensure the greatest chance for successful treatment.

Locations/Contact Us

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Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Center
Akron Children's Hospital
Considine Professional Building
215 W. Bowery St.
Suite 3300
Akron, Ohio 44308-1062
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Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery - Boardman
Akron Children's Specialty Care
6505 Market St., Building A
Boardman, Ohio 44512
Fax: 330-729-1144
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Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery - Hudson
Akron Children's Specialty and Urgent Care
5655 Hudson Drive
Hudson, Ohio 44236
Fax: 330-543-4971
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Our Doctors/Providers

Ananth Murthy
Ananth Murthy, MD, FACS

Director, Pediatric Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery; Medical Director, Craniofacial Center and Speech Surgery Clinic; Pediatric Craniofacial Surgeon

Heather Larson
Heather Larson, MSN, RN, PNP-AC

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

R. Benjamin Lou
R. Benjamin Lou, MD

Reconstructive Burn Surgeon

Niyant Patel
Niyant Patel, MD

Pediatric Craniofacial Surgeon


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