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Cleft Lip and Palate Repair

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Cleft lip and palate repair is a phenomenon that occurs in a small number of infants. The baby with a cleft lip has an excessive oral cleft, which can sometimes go up to the nose. In infants with a cleft palate, there is a cavity in the mouth that connects the nose to the mouth. Both of these issues will lead to problems such as lactation and talk, so it is suggested that parents consider these gaps as soon as possible in the case of a baby.

Duration of treatment

Most children who carry out this surgery will return to their normal state after about a week. The incision will also improve over the next 3 to 4 weeks.

Related Paraclinics

Perhaps the surgeon will need some tests before cleft lip and palate repair, so it is necessary for the parents to carry out these tests for the child and give their answers to the doctor. The relevant tests will be noted by the surgeon.

Preoperative care, the surgery process, and postoperative care

Preoperative Care Cleft Lip

Since the child is not able to prepare for this, his/her parents must prepare him/her for cleft lip and palate repair. The preparation for this activity involves ensuring the child’s health before surgery and preventing him/her from eating and drinking.

The Process of Cleft Lip

If the child has a lip cleft, the surgeon will make several incisions along the cleft and then stitches the skin. After doing this, the baby will be healthy lip. Now, if the baby has a palate cleft, the surgeon will use an implant to help the child talk and eat. After the child reaches the age of 6 to 12 months, surgery is performed. Today, doctors use other methods to fix this problem. For example, in one of these methods, screws are placed in the palate and are twisted daily so that the palate will return to its normal state over time. Cleft lip or palate repair is performed under local anesthetic or local anesthesia.

Postoperative Care Regarding Cleft Lip

Usually, after cleft lip and palate repair, a device is used to prevent children from touching the site, as this can result in damage to the area.

Important Points about the Surgery

Possible risks regarding Cleft Lip and Palate Repair include:

  • Losing a lot of blood
  • Infection

Duration of Admission

The child will be admitted to the hospital for 1 to 3 days.

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FAQ

Now that in some cases it is possible to diagnose the palate and cleft lip during pregnancy, can it be restored before birth?

No, with the current technology, cleft lip or palate repair is not possible before birth.

Cleft lip or palate repair surgery is prescribed for children who suffer from cleft lip or palate (orofacial clefts).

Is it possible to detect a cleft from the fetal period?

The technology has now reached a level of growth that in some cases ultrasound imaging (ultrasound) can detect a palate and cleft lip in the first few months of pregnancy. However, in most cases it is not possible to detect a palate and cleft lip.

Does the cleft palate always lead to cleft lip?

No, About 50% of children who suffer from this problem have both gaps, while 25% of children have only cleft palate, and 25% of them suffer from only lip cleft.

On average, how many surgeries does child need for cleft lip or palate repair?

The number of surgeries required will vary from one patient to another. It can be said that at least two separate surgeries are needed to repair the cleft palate and cleft lip. However, it is necessary to perform several surgical procedures to provide a natural appearance to the lips. Sometimes, surgery is also needed to improve the ability to speak.

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