Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Craniofacial Surgery


We, at the Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Craniofacial Surgery, K S Hegde Hospital perform the following surgeries on various congenital and acquired craniofacial deformities:

  • Cleft Lip and Palate surgeries
  • Bone grafting for cleft alveolus (Bone gap between teeth because of cleft)
  • Rhinoplasty (Correction of nasal deformity in cleft patients)
  • Orthognathic surgery and distraction osteogenesis (Surgical correction of  upper and lower jaw deformities in cleft and non cleft patients)
  • Craniofacial syndromes (Surgical correction in babies born with deformed head and face)
  • Correction of TMJ ankylosis (Inability to open mouth due to birth injuries  or other trauma)
  • Correction of face and eye effects in patients with paralysis of one side of  face
  • Correction of Haemangioma, Neurofibroma (Overgrowth of tissues on face)
  • Correction of post traumatic deformities
  • Removal of skin lesions around head and neck

The Institute comprises of a dedicated team of surgeons along with duty doctors who are available 24 hrs a day. Under weight babies are provided with nutritional care while those who are anemic are given blood transfusions and made fit for surgery. Patients are given post surgery speech therapy to enable them to communicate properly.

Untreated cleft lip and palate patients suffer from recurrent infections of the throat, ears, nose, sinuses etc. which can even lead to brain infection and even death. Thus, at the Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Craniofacial Surgery, we not only aim at treating a local condition but also provide holistic treatment for the body.

All patients are treated free of cost and this includes hospital stay, surgery cost, food, medicines and travel expenses.


The department is headed by Dr. Vikram Shetty.