American Society of Plastic Surgeons
For Medical Professionals

Congenital Anomalies

Surgical Correction of Birth Anomalies

A congenital anomaly is a medical condition present at birth that significantly deviates from the common structure or function of the body.

What are the causes of congenital anomalies and how are they treated?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), genetic and environmental factors that can result in congenital anomalies, but only half can be directly linked to a specific cause. Some congenital anomalies can be prevented through vaccination and a supplemental diet. To learn more about WHO’s response and research, please visit their website.

Individuals with a congenital anomaly often require reconstructive surgery and support services. The reconstructive procedures that plastic surgeons perform focus on improving both appearance and the function. The obvious cosmetic improvement that the layperson sees is often directly linked to an improvement in function and quality of life.


Patient Care Center