The Plastic Surgery Clinic helps by providing comprehensive care to infants, children, and adolescents with a diverse range of clinical problems including craniofacial and cleft deformities, obstetrical brachial plexus palsy, peripheral nerve injury, congenital anomalies of the upper extremity, burns, facial palsy, post-traumatic and post-oncologic deformities, underdeveloped/absent ears, vascular anomalies, skin disorders, and more.
How we help
The plastic surgery team provides comprehensive assessment, diagnosis, treatment (surgical and medical), education, and follow-up. The clinic consists of several different clinics all under the umbrella of the plastic surgery team. Procedure clinic is a clinic that does minor surgical interventions under local anesthetic. Fracture clinic follows procedure clinic on Tuesday mornings and the team normally sees suspected or confirmed hand/finger fractures during this time. General plastic surgery clinics run Monday mornings and all day Thursday.
What to expect
The Plastic Surgery Team receives a consult from your family doctor, pediatrician, or Emergency physician. They'll review the consult and determine the timeline for an appointment. The Shared Clinics booking clerk will notify you with an upcoming appointment date and time by phone and/or mail. If you’re unable to keep this appointment, please call the office to reschedule (902-470-8043).
On the day of your appointment, please arrive in the Shared Clinics area located on the first floor of the Children’s Building. You'll need to arrive 15 minutes before your appointment to register—please allow extra time for parking. You must bring your child’s health card, a list of medications (drugs) that your child takes, and any toys or books that will entertain your child while you wait.
The team may arrange for you to have some diagnostic testing done or see another clinical care team. Every effort is made to coordinate these appointments on the same day. You’ll be notified by the office for any additional appointments.
Upon arrival in Shared Clinics, please take a number and listen for your number to be called for registration. The volunteer will call your name and place you in an exam room. The clinic nurse will meet with you first to get a brief history. If you have a cast or a dressing in place, the clinic nurse will remove it.
The IWK is a teaching hospital, and as a result, your visit may involve meeting with medical clerks (students), residents (physicians training to be a surgeon), surgical fellows (surgeons doing a subspecialty (plastic surgery), or nursing students. Of course, you’ll see your attending surgeon at every visit.
Follow-up appointments will be arranged depending on you/your child’s needs and the findings of the team members. If a follow-up appointment is required, the surgeon will give you a blue slip that you'll return to the registration desk. The booking staff will notify you of your next appointment. If you're unable to keep your appointment please call and reschedule at 902-470-8043