What Seattle Children’s Measures and Why

The Craniofacial Center tracks the number of patients we care for and the surgeries we perform each year to help you make informed decisions about your child’s treatment. We also use this information to improve the quality of care we provide.

Our team has more combined experience treating craniofacial conditions than any other center in the United States. Seeing a large number of children with craniofacial conditions helps us to continually improve our care. No matter how rare the condition, we have likely cared for someone like your child.

When choosing a craniofacial center to care for your child, we encourage you to ask how many patients they have seen with your child’s condition and how many surgeries they have performed.

Many families consider national rankings in choosing medical care for their children. In 2019, U.S. News & World Report ranked Seattle Children’s Neurosciences Center among the top 10 in the nation, and named the hospital to the Honor Roll of the country’s 10 best pediatric hospitals.

Read more about Seattle Children’s Craniofacial Center.

Craniofacial Center Patient Volumes

 

Total number of patients, 2014-2018

12,371

In the past 5 years, our craniofacial team has cared for 12,371 patients. These include children with common problems like cleft palate and complex syndromes that affect the shape of the head and face.

Number of craniofacial patients by selected diagnoses, 2014–2018

This chart shows the number of children receiving care from our Craniofacial Center team over the past 5 years in 5 main categories.

1,493
Isolated cleft lip and/or palate (not part of a syndrome)
606
Syndromic cleft lip and palate
650
Isolated craniosynostosis (not part of a syndrome)
343
Syndromic craniosynostosis
805
Jaw and ear anomalies

Number of new patients by selected craniofacial diagnoses, 2018

This chart shows the number of patients who came to our Craniofacial Center for the first time in 2018 to receive care for conditions in 5 main categories.

97
Isolated cleft lip and/or palate (not part of a syndrome)
34
Syndromic cleft lip and palate
74
Isolated craniosynostosis
34
Syndromic craniosynostosis
97
Jaw and ear anomalies

Craniofacial Center Procedure Volumes, 2014–2018

Seattle Children’s has more surgeons specializing in clefting than any other craniofacial center in the country. We perform more surgeries for cleft lip and palate than any hospital in the region that includes Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho.

This chart shows the 4 most common types of surgeries the Craniofacial Center team performs.

430
Intracranial procedures
321
Cleft palate surgery
275
Cleft lip repair
457
Alveolar bone graft
  • Intracranial procedures expand and shape the skull to give the brain room to grow.
  • Cleft palate surgery repairs a gap in the roof of the mouth.
  • Cleft lip repair closes a gap in the lips.
  • Alveolar bone graft repairs the part of the upper jaw that holds the teeth.

Read about craniofacial surgery at Seattle Children’s.

Where does this information come from?

These charts reflect patient volumes and selected surgical statistics from 2014 to 2018.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

Talk with your child’s doctor or contact the Craniofacial Center at 206-987-2208.

Statistics and Outcomes: What do they mean?

Statistics, outcomes, volumes, survival rates – these numbers may seem overwhelming at first, but they can help you choose the best place for your child’s care.

Updated August 2019.