Steps to take before the procedure
A team including a plastic surgeon, speech and auditory therapist, dentist, ENT specialist, and physician work together to develop a treatment plan for the patient. Your doctor and surgeon will give you specific instructions.
What happens during the surgery?
The surgery is performed under general anaesthesia. During the surgery, small incisions are made and tissues are sewn together. In the case of a lip palate, tissues are reconstructed to form a complete palate. Babies with lip palate deformation might require a bone graft when they grow older, in order to support the gums and teeth.
After the surgery
It takes 6 weeks for the surgical site to completely heal. Your doctor may advise only liquid diet for 2 weeks. The parents will be required to clean the stitches or apply ointment on the lips of the baby twice a day.