lip surgery and cleft palate


Cleft lip surgery is usually done when the baby is three months old. In contrast, a cleft palate often requires multiple surgeries over the course of 18 years. The first surgery to repair the palate is usually done when the baby is between six and 12 months old.

Initial surgery creates a functional palate, reduces the chances of fluid developing in the middle ear and helps the proper development of teeth and facial bones.

As a member of a team of health care specialists, your oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS) plays an important role in the carefully orchestrated multi-stage correctional program for cleft lip and palate patients. The goal is to help restore the jaw and facial structures, which leads to normal function and appearance. Care and treatment should consider function, appearance, nutrition, speech, hearing and emotional and psychological development.

Repairing your child's cleft lip or cleft palate is a serious commitment. We recommend that you download the ebook on this page for more information.

Other craniofacial anomalies

Craniofacial anomalies are congenital malformations of the skull and face. These range from common, such as cleft lip and cleft palate, to less common, but most will affect the appearance of the child's head or face and sometimes other parts of the body as well.

Any child with a head or facial abnormality should be evaluated by a specialist. Parents should discuss their concerns with a pediatrician and proceed with the appropriate referral to a surgeon.


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