Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Craniofacial, Emergency Medicine, Neurosciences, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Head and facial injuries from motorized scooters on the rise

Motorized scooters are becoming more popular in Louisville and major cities across the United States. But this new transportation fad comes with a potential serious health risk. According to a study in the American Journal of Otolaryngology, facial and head injuries from electric scooter accidents have tripled during the past decade. During that time, researchers estimated…

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Craniosynostosis, Neurosciences, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Why do babies wear helmets?

Have you ever seen a baby in headgear and wondered, but didn’t want to ask mom “Why do babies wear helmets?” Also called a cranial orthotic, helmet therapy is a type of treatment prescribed for infants to help correct an abnormal skull shape. About 75 percent of brain growth happens by age 2. To accommodate…

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Craniofacial, Neurosciences, Norton Childrens Hospital, Patient Stories, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

What is Treacher Collins syndrome? Ask an 11-year-old

Victoria Dicken is no stranger to challenges. The 11-year-old girl from Louisville has Treacher Collins syndrome. “I’ve lost count of how many surgeries I’ve had,” Victoria said. “At least 20.” Treacher Collins syndrome is a rare genetic condition that affects the development of bones and other tissues in the face. Most people with the condition have underdeveloped…

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Employee stories - Norton Childrens, Norton Childrens Hospital, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Nurse remembers taking in burn patient with nowhere to go

It was spring of 1985 when 14-year-old Maria appeared in the Norton Children’s Hospital burn unit. She’d been flown to Louisville from Ecuador and she really needed help. More than a third of her body had been torched — for an unknown reason she had put gasoline in her hair and walked by an open…

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Employee stories - Norton Childrens, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Making kids feel ‘normal’ again

When asked to write a feature on Norton Children’s Hospital’s newest plastic surgeon, I didn’t know what to expect. Like most, my mind immediately went to the cosmetic side of plastic surgery. I was surprised to find that this field is changing the lives of children in more ways than you may realize. The work…

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