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Are there any long term adulthood effects after getting a cleft lip or palate repaired?

Are there any long term adulthood effects after getting a cleft lip or palate repaired?

Cleft lip and palate: Ideally, once a cleft lip or palate is repaired, there will be normal growth and speech development. However, there are inherent risks with surgery for cleft lip and palate. The biggest of these risks lies with cleft palate surgery, where an opening in the palate may recur leading to a nasal voice and passage of liquids between the nasal and oral cavity. Treatment requires further surgery. ...Read more

Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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My son had a cleft lip/cleft palate repair. How long until he recovers?

My son had a cleft lip/cleft palate repair. How long until he recovers?

Cleft: Tissue heals in 7-10 days. Bone takes 12 weeks. Your son should be back to normal activity depending on the size of the cleft in3-4 weeks please check with the surgeon. ...Read more

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My son had a cleft lip/cleft palate repair. How long until it goes back to normal?

My son had a cleft lip/cleft palate repair. How long until it goes back to normal?

Depends: Are talking about the immediate effects of surgery? (swelling, pain, etc.) or are you asking about normal appearance and function (i.e. Looking like someone without a cleft?). Your child will always have scars from the repair. Unusually the short-term effects of the surgery go away in a week or two. ...Read more

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Cleft lip and palate repair--best at birth or later?

Cleft lip and palate repair--best at birth or later?

Lip by 3 months.: Lip repair is usually done by 3 months old, and palate repair by 10 months before speech begins. The age of lip repair is not critical, and most surgeons do not feel that the risks of early (ie 0-4 weeks old) outweigh the theoretical benefits. So, repair at birth is frowned on by most cleft centers and surgeons. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my son just had a cleft palate surgery repair. Cleft lip repair and nose?

What do you suggest if my son just had a cleft palate surgery repair. Cleft lip repair and nose?

Cleft palate surgery: Follow the post op instructions given by the surgeon. Ask them all of your questions. They are the best one to help you and your son thru this healing period. Good luck. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my son had a cleft lip/cleft palate repair?

Rehabilitation: Involves the action of a multidisciplinary team like pediatrician, ENT, Orthodontist, plastic surgeon, psychologist and related specialties. ...Read more

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I am looking for an excellent surgeon to repair a bilateral cleft lip and palate. What should I search for?

I am looking for an excellent surgeon to repair a bilateral cleft lip and palate. What should I search for?

Cleft surgeons: I suggest looking at the nearest academic hospital and calling to see if they have a craniofacial team experienced in cleft lip and palate repair. The team will include the surgeon, ent, dentist, speech therapist, nurse, and social worker, all of whom will have had significant experience in treating these children and assisting their families. In the nyc area, I recommend nyu. Best, /nsn. ...Read more

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My son just had a cleft palate surgery repair. Cleft lip repair and nose. How can I help them heal?

My son just had a cleft palate surgery repair. Cleft lip repair and nose. How can I help them heal?

Listen to staff: Cleft surgery is common and highly successful. You surgical team will provide you with necessary instructions to allow your son to heal well and recover from this operation. The staff of surgeon and hospital will monitor him throughout the process. Ask if there are any support groups you may talk to or email for further help. Good luck. ...Read more

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How successful is repair of a cleft lip and palate?

How successful is repair of a cleft lip and palate?

Very Successful: Cleft lip and palate surgeries have produced some very successful functional and esthetic results. The type of cleft, timing of surgery, skill of the surgeon, technique and materials used, are factors that can influence the surgical outcome. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: cleft lip and palate repair?

Medical Team: Cleft lip and palate repair requires a medical team made up of several specailists. The end goal is to surgically repair the defect in a way that maintains functionality of lips, palate, and associated structures, as well as to create an esthetic looking result. Repair may includes surgery and may require appliance wear as well as other therapies along the way. ...Read more

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I am looking for information for cleft lip and palate repair. Can anyone help me?

I am looking for information for cleft lip and palate repair. Can anyone help me?

ACP-CPF: The american cleft palate-craniofacial foundation has an excellent web site with information about these disorders (http://www. Acpa-cpf. Org). Also, if there is a university hospital close to you, check there. These are usually handled through multispecialty clinics that bring a number of disciplines together to manage these patients.
Good luck. ...Read more

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What other preparations are done before unilateral cleft lip and palate repair? My newborn daughter has a cleft lip that extends up to her nose, and she has a large separation in her palate. How often are both the cleft lip and palate corrected in the ini

What other preparations are done before unilateral cleft lip and palate repair? My newborn daughter has a cleft lip that extends up to her nose, and she has a large separation in her palate. How often are both the cleft lip and palate corrected in the ini

Talk to the surgeon: With any type of surgery, it is best to have a thorough discussion with the surgeon who will perform the procedure. That person will want to answer all of you questions so that you are completely knowledgeable about every aspect of the procedures to be performed. ...Read more

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Are there any adverse effects from having cleft lip or palate other than an aesthetic one?

Are there any adverse effects from having cleft lip or palate other than an aesthetic one?

Language & ear: Infants with cleft lip or palate may have difficulty learning how to speak. Cleft palate impacts a child’s vocal development because the alveolar ridge is fissured and oral muscles are displaced. Due to the fissure and the resulting impact on the nasal cavity, children with cleft palate are especially prone to ear infections. ...Read more

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How common do newborns have a cleft lip or palate?

About 1:1000 babies: It depends on the ethnic group, the family and pregnancy history, etc. Some asian groups have as high as 1 in 250 births with cleft, caucasians about 1 in 1000, and black africans about 1 in 1200 births. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for cleft lip or palate?

Surgical repair: While there are other options other than surgery like obturators, surgery is by far the best option in children. ...Read more

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Does having a cleft lip or palate affect the way your kiss?

Should not: Usually cleft lip and palate are surgically repaired successfully. However even if present it should not affect kissing. ...Read more

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How far along do you have to be for a prenatal ultrasound to tell if the baby has cleft lip or palate?

Cleft lip: A structural assessment of the growing fetus, called a level ii ultrasound or a targeted ultrasound, is usually done at 18 - 20 weeks gestation. Sometimes abnormal structures can be picked up earlier but not always. ...Read more

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What is a cleft lip or palate?

Opening lip/palate: Cleft lip is an opening in the skin and muscle of the upper lip and is a birth defect. Cleft palate is an opening in the roof of the mouth. It can be partial or complete. You can have cleft lip or palate with or without the other. ...Read more

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What is a "cleft lip/palate team"?

Diverse, expert team: A cleft lip/palate team is a group of healthcare providers with expertise in evaluation and management of cleft lip with or without cleft palate. These usually include: audiology, craniofacial/plastic surgery, dentistry, ear/nose/throat surgery, nursing, ophthalmology, oral/maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, psychology, speech therapy and a patient coordinator. ...Read more

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How common is a cleft lip/palate?

Depends.: Different ethnic groups have different rates. Caucasians about 1 in 1000, black africans about 1 in 600, certain asians as high as 1 in 250. Some families have high rates. ...Read more

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Braces ok after cleft lip and palate?

Braces ok after cleft lip and palate?

Yes: Many individuals that have had the surgeries to repair the clefts have gotten braces. However, the situation is different and is made more complex due to the cleft healing sights. Talk to an orthodontis or dentist to get more input and find your options. I think it is a good option. ...Read more

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How to tell if you have a cleft lip/palate?

How to tell if you have a cleft lip/palate?

Visible: The lip would be easily visible just looking at the person. The palate would need to be examined intraorally and should also be very visible as a hole in the roof of the mouth. They are not always both present. It usually is taken care of with surgery at a very young age. ...Read more

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How do teenagers deal with cleft lip/palate?

A team approach: You will need support groups, great parents, teachers and a solid medical team. ...Read more

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Who made our baby develop a cleft lip/palate?

Sporadic event: Clcp defects occur sporadically in the population. The cause is unknown but there are a complex series of genes involved. A clcp parent has a 4% risk of a second child with the defect, & 2 clcp parents have about 8% risk of a child with a defect. Most occur in families with no history of prior defects. ...Read more

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Any tips for someone with a cleft lip & palate?

Any tips for someone with a cleft lip & palate?

Go to a cleft team: Check out clefline. Org for cleft teams near you, and get a full evaluation. You may benefit from facial plastic surgery, speech intervention, orthodontic treatment, oral surgery, etc. The best way to find out is to see a team, and not just individual specialists. ...Read more

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Is cleft lip/palate more predominant in low-income countries?

Cleft lip: I don't think so, but there is definitely some inhereted aspect of this deformity.
Low income countries may not pay attention to the inheritance of this disease. ...Read more

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What is the role of the dental exam in a cleft lip and palate?

Preventive and relat: Lip, palate, teeth, gum are related as they are developmentally close to each other. That's why often there may be problem with the growth of the reeth in cleft lip/cleft palate babies. Moreover, these children needs help from the begining to identify the problems with the teeth and treat it. So, in every cleft lip/cleft palate there is a pedodentist and or dentist. ...Read more

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I was born with bilateral cleft lip and palate. What caused it?

Unknown: No one really knows why this happens but it is common. Cleft lip and palate appear in one out of 700 live caucasian births in the United States. The clefts can be surgically repaired. ...Read more

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What does a dental assistant do in examining a cleft lip and palate?

Assist the dentist: The dental assistant usually has very little role. A dentist working with a cleft team will have his dental assistant aid him in dental reconstruction after any surgical repairs of the cleft have been done. ...Read more

Palate (Definition)

The palate is the anatomical description of the roof of the mouth. It separated into two parts: the hard palate (more forward) and the soft palate (which is closer to the throat), it separates the mouth ...Read more


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Cleft Palate (Definition)

Also called palatoschisis, it is a congenital fissure in the roof of the mouth, resulting from incomplete fusion of the palate during embryonic development. It may involve only the uvula or extend ...Read more