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Surgical Repair of Cleft Lip and Palate

Surgical Repair of Cleft Lip and Palate

Dental Care,Special Services

Cleft lip (cheiloschisis) and cleft palate (palatoschisis) are among the most common birth defects affecting children. The incomplete formation of the upper lip (cleft lip) or roof of the mouth (cleft palate) can occur individually, or both defects may occur together. The surgical procedures required for each patient with cleft lip and palate will vary depending upon the type and severity of the deformity. Timing and treatment will be adjusted based on each patient’s overall medical needs, but treatment typically includes a combination of the procedures. We at Elil dental and Maxillofacial Care provide Surgical Repair of Cleft Lip and Palate.

Merits

During fetal development, certain components of the upper lip and roof of the mouth fail to form normally. Cleft lip and cleft palate repair is a type of plastic surgery to correct this abnormal development both to restore function and to restore a more normal appearance.

Techniques

A cleft lip may be just a small notch in the lip. It may also be a complete split in the lip that goes all the way to the base of the nose. A cleft palate can be on one or both sides of the roof of the mouth. It may go the full length of the palate. Your child may have one or both of these conditions at birth. Most times, cleft lip repair is done when the child is 6 to 12 weeks old.

Follow-Ups

Your child will probably be in the hospital for 5 to 7 days right after surgery. Complete recovery can take up to 4 weeks. The surgery wound must be kept very clean as it heals. It must not be stretched or have any pressure put on it for 3 to 4 weeks. Your child's nurse should show you how to take care of the wound. You will need to clean it with soap and water or a special cleaning liquid, and keep it moist with ointment. Until the wound heals, your child will be on a liquid diet. Your child will probably have to wear arm cuffs or splints to prevent picking at the wound. It is important for your child not to put hands or toys in the mouth.

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