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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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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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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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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 is orthognathic surgery for bilateral complete cleft lip and palate?

What is orthognathic surgery for bilateral complete cleft lip and palate?

Clefts and Jaw Sx: In cleft patients, it is common for the maxilla to fail to develop along normal growth patterns, a lot of this has to do with scarring from previous surgeries. In order to correct for this underdevelopment of the upper jaw, orthognathic surgery is performed. Typically, the upper jaw is advanced forward, and because it is a bilateral cleft, it will technically be a three-piece segmental LeFort. ...Read more

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A complete cleft palate repair usually takes how many operations?

One: One operation to repair the palate, but a second operation usually between 6-8 years old to repair the gum line if the cleft goes there. ...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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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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Need tips on recovery after mohs surgery and nose reconstruction?

Need tips on recovery after mohs surgery and nose reconstruction?

Depends : On the amount of tissue needed to get clean margins, but on average a pretty smooth recovery with easily controlled pain. Many times can be done with local anesthesia so talk to your doctor about their surgical plan and expectations. ...Read more

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Labial frenectomy surgery before or after braces?

Labial frenectomy surgery before or after braces?

During: Discuss this w qualified orthodontic specialist before having any rx accomlished. 1) braces 2) move teeth into ideal positions 3) have gum/bone reshaped 4) hold teeth until tissues heal before removing braces. ...Read more

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What to do if i wanna ask that a week ago my son had a cleft palate surgery and 3 days after the surgery the hole opend?

What to do if i wanna ask that a week ago my son had a cleft palate surgery and 3 days after the surgery the hole opend?

See your doctor: The situation you describe is not uncommon but cannot be fully diagnosed without an exam by your son's doctor. Sometimes the problem is minor and the hole may close and sometimes it is more complicated. Bring your son to see his surgeon and let the surgeon make the call. ...Read more

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Can i smoke mariguana(blunt) after 1 week of cleft palete surgery ?

Can i smoke mariguana(blunt) after 1 week of cleft palete surgery ?

Post op instructions: The doctor who performed the surgery is the best one to ask regarding what you can and can't do and for how long. Call and ask. Having said that, I think it's way too early to jeopardize healing at this point. ...Read more

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How many days swallowing remain difficult after Sistrunk procedure and complete removal of hyoid bone?

How many days swallowing remain difficult after Sistrunk procedure and complete removal  of hyoid bone?

Depends: Most patients recover after 1-2 weeks. However every patient is unique and every operation is unique. I would contact the Surgery team who performed the operation and discuss how you are feeling. Make sure you go for scheduled followup visits so the Surgeon can make sure there are no complications and that the wound is healing. Good luck! ...Read more

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How long should the soft palate be swollen and/or have scabs after uppp surgery? Thanks!

How long should the soft palate be swollen and/or have scabs after uppp surgery? Thanks!

See your surgeon: The best person to answer your question is your surgeon since he knows your case. Everyone is different and healing can vary. Call the surgeon. ...Read more

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How long should one wait before starting to smoke again after functional endoscopic sinus surgery and septoplasty? Effects of smoking after a week?

How long should one wait before starting to smoke again after functional endoscopic sinus surgery and septoplasty?  Effects of smoking after a week?

DON'T DO IT!!!: For crying out loud! why would you even want to start smoking again if you were able to stop for 3 weeks?!?! it's the single worst thing you can do for your health! it shortens life, causes horrible diseases and makes you stink. It's expensive and leads to early senility, impotence and wrinkles. I will never tell someone to resume smoking! u might not even need sx if you hadn't smoked! ...Read more

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How long will my knee swell after a revision of a revision that was badly inflamed to begin with and a nerve block was unsuccessful before the surgery?

How long will my knee swell after a revision of a revision that was badly inflamed to begin with and a nerve block was unsuccessful before the surgery?

Good question: Each time u have a revision the outcomes r decreased in success each time the surgery is performed. This is ur 3rd go round & if u r not infected & have no pain & the components r solid, consider this a good outcome. Some residual swelling most likely will always b present 2 some degree. ...Read more

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Is surgery for soft cleft palate generally safe?

Is surgery for soft cleft palate generally safe?

Yes: It is a common surgery done usually at a children's hospital and is generally safe and successful to help the child with problems with eating and speech. ...Read more

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Cleft palate and palatine processes for surgery?

Good if needed: Have your orthodontist and your oral surgeon both review your situation. The co-ordination between the 2 of them generally gives better results. ...Read more

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Has there any been any death from surgery for a cleft palate?

Has there any been any death from surgery for a cleft palate?

Yes, rare: There can be deaths from any surgical procedure; there can be adverse reactions to anesthesia, abnormal bleeding, infections etc. Fortunately such deaths are rare. You should discuss these concerns with a surgeon. ...Read more

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I wondered if anyone here does volunteer cleft palate surgery?

Shriner's Hospitals: The shriner's hospitals as well operation smile are wonderful organizations for finding cleft palate teams that offer their services at minimal costs to patients meeting their criteria. ...Read more

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Are there any long term complications to the cleft palate surgery?

Depends: Depending on the severity of the cleft, there can be growth restriction of the middle portion of the face that begins to show up as the child ages. Whether this is due to the surgery or some underlying problem with the facial bones is unknown, but scarring from the surgery (no matter what technique is used) is thought to contribute to the problem. ...Read more

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What to do if i wanna ask that a week ago my son had a cleft palate surgery and 3 days after the surgery the hole opend?

See your doctor: The situation you describe is not uncommon but cannot be fully diagnosed without an exam by your son's doctor. Sometimes the problem is minor and the hole may close and sometimes it is more complicated. Bring your son to see his surgeon and let the surgeon make the call. ...Read more

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What medications are used during a cleft palate repair surgery?

What medications are used during a cleft palate repair surgery?

Many different medic: There are a variety of medications that are traditionally used during other surgeries but may be administered in liquid form to avoid disrupting the repair. This includes pain medications and antibiotics. ...Read more

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One dr one your board (Paul grin) says the mortality rate for cleft palate surgery is 1 in 300 while another says 1 in 100,000. Huge discrepancy. Why?

One dr one your board (Paul grin) says the mortality rate for cleft palate surgery is 1 in 300 while another says 1 in 100,000. Huge discrepancy. Why?

Studies: I cannot speak for any doctor nor the actual figures reported. First, I do not believe there is any consensus on the figures as such studies of mortality rate for this procedure are scarce and will vary based upon who does the study, the size of the sampling, the geographic sampling, the year of the study, how the information was collected, etc. Concentrate on the need and benefit of the surgery. ...Read more

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What is the recovery period for a child with cleft palate surgery?

Depends on repair: Cleft lip and palate may involve a wide range of associated conditions effecting the hard and soft palates as well as the dentition and auditory and speech musculature. Treatment may require more than one surgery and recovery may take more than one period. Typically within one year healing will be completed and speech therapy will be instituted. ...Read more

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Is cleft palate surgery ever fatal? My daughter is having it next month when she will be 11 months.

Nothing is 100%: But I have never heard of a fatality from cleft palate surgery. These cases are usually planned in stages over years, are well planned out, and are common enough. ...Read more

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My two month old has a mild soft cleft palate. Will she have speech difficulties later in life? She will most likely have surgery at one year

My two month old has a mild soft cleft palate. Will she have speech difficulties later in life? She will most likely have surgery at one year

Need team: Children w clefts are best treated by a cleft palate team consisting of nutritionist, orthodontist, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, pediatric dentist, pediatrician, speed pathologist, social worker, ent, and other specialties as required. Often centered in children's hospitals, these teams have brought order and stability to treating children with clefts. ...Read more

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How does one prevent fistula from forming after a cleft palate surgery in a six month old child ?

How does one prevent fistula from forming after a cleft palate surgery in a six month old child ?

Teamwork: Proper evaluation, surgical technique and aftercare are all very important in reducing the risk of an oro-nasal fistula after cleft palate repair. Even under the best circumstances it can happen and additional surgery is needed for closure. The best way to prevent this is finding an experienced, board certified surgeon in your area, and following directions. ...Read more

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Another doctor on here said the post surgical mortality rate is 2%. That can't possibly be correct, even with cleft palate surgery right?

Procedure dependent: The risk of dying (mortality) and developing complications (morbidity) is dependent on the diagnosis, the procedure, the condition of the patient and the situation (emergent vs elective). Most elective procedures have very low mortality rates, clearly cleft palate surgery in a child without other risk factors (e.g. Cardiac defects) will be low, very low, on the order of 0.1% or less. ...Read more

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Hi my 2.4 year son got cleft palate surgery last year in april. He does not have any problem with hearing. He only speak mama baba etc does its o.K?

Get ears checked: Many hospitals have cleft palate teams a member of which is an ENT doctor because there is a high incidence of ear fluid, deafnes and eustachian tube dysfunction in patients with cleft. At your child's age there should be intelligible speech so i would definitely recommend seeing an ENT doctor first who can check the ears and hearing, put in ear tubes if needed and get a speech therapist involved. ...Read more

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My child who is 3 months has a moderate cleft palate. Surgery at 10 months. Can cleft palate lead to deafness? I know it can cause hearing loss

My child who is 3 months has a moderate cleft palate. Surgery at 10 months. Can cleft palate lead to deafness? I know it can cause hearing loss

Relax: Part of the defect in clefts is an altered position of the muscles that pull up on the palate & effect the drainage of fluid from the middle ear into the throat.Poor drainage can lead to retained fluid & temporary reduced hearing & ear infections. Tubes are commonly put in cleft kids even before they have ear infections.With regular monitoring your kids hearing will be preserved. ...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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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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My daughter had the cleft palate surgery 6 years ago but for the last 3 years she has been getting frequent nose bleeds I initially chalked it up to a?

My daughter had the cleft palate surgery 6 years ago but for the last 3 years she has been getting frequent nose bleeds I initially chalked it up to a?

Nose bleeds: Best to have your daughter evaluated by an ENT and a Dentist, preferably practitioners who are part of a cleft-palate team. If there is no cleft team in your area ask your Pediatrician for referral. Note also that there are developmental decisions that should be addressed now by the Orthodontist and Prosthodontist on the cleft team. ...Read more

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Cleft Palate (Definition)

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