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Dr. James Sidman
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Cleft Lip And Palate Repair (Overview)

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.


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

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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Dr. James Sidman
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Cleft Lip And Palate Repair (Overview)

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.


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

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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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?

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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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

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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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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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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


Dr. Daniel Sampson
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Cleft Palate (Definition)

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 through the entire ...Read more