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Plastic Surgery Clinic

About us

The Department of Plastic Surgery is the largest division of its kind in North America. Consisting of nine plastic surgeons with world-recognized expertise, as well as an extensive team of fellows, nurses, allied health professionals and administrative staff, the Plastic Surgery Clinic is committed to providing the best family-centred care to our patients and families.

Areas of paediatric plastic surgery include but are not limited to cleft lip and palate surgery, craniofacial anomalies, burns, congenital hand and upper extremity anomalies, extremity trauma and oncologic defects, microtia, giant congenital nevi, vascular anomalies and nerve injuries.

Contact us

You can reach us at 416-813-4982

Clinic/registration location

The first thing to do is register at Plastics Registration, Room M465, in the Plastic Surgery Clinic on the Main Floor. The clinic is located on the Main Floor of the Black Wing, between the Specialty Food Shop and Shoppers Drug Mart. The clinic is most easily accessible from the University Avenue entrance.

When you register, a SickKids identification (ID) band will be placed on your child. The band must be worn on your child's arm or ankle at all times. Check your child's ID band to make sure the information is correct. If your child is not wearing a band or has the wrong one, it can lead to errors that can result in the wrong care for your child. Staff must always check the band before providing care to your child. Your child must keep the band on at all times while at SickKids.

If you or your child are sick before your appointment

Call the clinic if you or your child have had a cold, cough, diarrhea, fever or rash within two days of your appointment, or have been sick with or exposed to chicken pox in the last three weeks. Your appointment may need to be rescheduled. 

Tell the clerk, nurse or doctor if your child has been in a hospital outside of Canada within the last 12 months. 

If you cannot come to your child’s appointment, it is important that you call the clinic as soon as possible to cancel and reschedule.

Be on time

Please ensure you arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment to allow for time to register.

Please expect to be in the clinic anywhere between 2 to 3 hours. Your patience and understanding is appreciated.

If you are late, you may have to wait for other patients to be seen first. Allow lots of time to get to the hospital. It can take some time to get used to finding your way around and it is important to be on time for your child’s appointment. Staff will try to see your child as close to your appointment time as possible. Please understand that some patients being seen ahead of you may need more time than expected, and this can cause delay for others.

Bring the following

  • You must show valid health-care coverage at every visit. If you do not, you will be required to pay a fee for the visit, unless coverage or insurance can be verified.

Proof of health-care coverage must be valid at the time of visit (not expired).

    • If you live in Ontario, show your child’s valid Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) card.
    • If you live in another province, show your child’s provincial health-care card.
    • If you are a refugee claimant, show your child’s Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) certificate.
    • If you have private health insurance, show the appropriate information or documentation.
    • If you are receiving support from a Community Health Centre (CHC), show a letter from the CHC.
  • Your appointment card or letter
  • Toys, books, nut-free snacks, diapers and formula to keep your child comfortable and occupied in case there is a wait
  • Any medical information, such as referral letters, test results, information about current therapies, X-rays, MRIs, ultrasounds or CT scans
  • All medications your child is currently taking (in original packaging), including alternative and complementary treatments

Try not to bring other children to the appointment

If other children must come, please consider taking them to the Play Park during your visit. The Play Park is a free, fun and safe place for brothers and sisters of patients to play. It is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekends from 11:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. It is located on the Main Floor of the Atrium, next to the parking elevators. All children over 2 ½ years of age are welcome. Trained staff and volunteers will watch your children carefully. You do not need to book in advance to use the Play Park. The Play Park number is 416-813-8884.

Latex allergy

Call the clinic before coming to the hospital if your child or anyone coming with them has a known or suspected allergy to latex.

Accessibility

All visitor entrances on the Main Floor are wheelchair accessible. SickKids has several wheelchair-accessible washrooms on the Main Floor. Both male and female washrooms in the Atrium have large change tables where children and teens can have diapers changed. There is another private wheelchair-accessible washroom with a large change table on the Service Floor of the Black Wing in Room S213, across the hall from Rehabilitation Services. Wheelchairs are available near the Atrium and University Avenue entrances.

Assistance dogs for children or parents with disabilities are allowed at SickKids. Please make sure they are clean and have up-to-date immunizations.

Interpreter Services

If you need an interpreter, please call the clinic before your appointment so we can arrange for an interpreter. There is no charge for an interpreter. Please give us at least 24 to 48 hours' notice to make it easier for us to find an interpreter for you.

What to expect during your visit

During your first visit to the Plastic Surgery Clinic your family will consult with one of our plastic surgeons to discuss diagnosis and treatment options. Surgical procedures will not be performed in the initial visit. If the staff doctor determines your child requires surgery, our clinic nurse will speak with you before you leave the clinic.  

As SickKids is a teaching hospital, your child may be examined by either a resident or fellow before seeing the staff physician.

With family-centred care as an essential component of our interprofessional team approach, your visit at the Plastic Surgery Clinic may also involve our team of advanced practice nurses, audiologists, dietitians, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, research staff, social workers, and speech and language pathologists.

To make your experience at SickKids a positive one, a Child Life Specialist may also be involved in your visit to provide therapeutic play programs designed to reduce stress, help patients cope with hospitalization, and prepare children for medical and surgical procedures.