Cleft Lip or Cleft Palate Surgery is performed to treat the birth defects of the upper lip and palate (roof of the mouth). The surgery is required to close the opening between t...
Cleft Lip or Cleft Palate Surgery is performed to treat the birth defects of the upper lip and palate (roof of the mouth). The surgery is required to close the opening between the base of the nose and the lower lip, or between the edges of the mouth.
This condition can affect important functions of the mouth and might lead to several health problems such as difficulty in eating, speech problems, and loss of hearing, etc. The...
This condition can affect important functions of the mouth and might lead to several health problems such as difficulty in eating, speech problems, and loss of hearing, etc. These problems associated with cleft deformities make it imperative to acquire medical help. The treatment can completely repair a broken cleft or lip, thus catering to the overall well-being of the baby.
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.
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