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Can you correct a cleft lip later on in life if you can't afford a surgery for your child at this time?

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Dr. James Ferguson answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Done in some locals: A basic interest in early closure is to aid feeding and prepair the mouth structures for speech & language production as the child develops. Various surgical teams travel the world fixing clefts in children and adults. Outcome of these procedures is promising.

Answered 11/5/2011

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Dr. Mike Bowman answered

Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

Yes, but not ideal: It is possible to repair a cleft at any age, but much better speech and functional results are possible with a team approach and intervention at an early age. In the us, there is no reason to delay treatment. Check with your nearest children's hospital and find a cleft lip & palate team. They should have a social services person to help find a way to get the child the surgery they need.

Answered 3/2/2012

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Dr. Troy Reyna answered

Specializes in Pediatric Surgery

Yes: The surgery may be a little harder on the child due to pain and living with the defect. The surgery may be a bit harder as the tissues will be more sturdy.

Answered 11/1/2012

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