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What is the procedure to fix a cleft palate like?

What is the procedure to fix a cleft palate like?

Depends: A cleft palate repair is designed to close the cleft and re-orient the soft palate muscles to allow for normal speech development. Ideally, this is accomplished with one surgery. Around 20% of children with cleft palates will need a second surgery to improve nasal speech when they are 4-5 years old. Depending on the severity and whether the gums are involved, bone surgery may be needed later. ...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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How hard is the surgery to fix a cleft lip and palate?

How hard is the surgery to fix a  cleft lip and palate?

Routine: There are usually a couple of offices in any metropolitan area that form cleft palate "teams". They are usually made up of ent, plastic and oral surgeons. In the hands of one of these experienced groups, the surgeries are becoming more and more routine. While some defects can be more difficult to correct, they have amazing success rates and excellent outcomes. ...Read more

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How does the procedure to fix a cleft palate work?

How does the procedure to fix a cleft palate work?

Surgeries...again...: Fixing a cleft palate typically requires a number of surgeries as the patient grows. These are usually bone grafting surgeries combined with a prosthetic called a palatal obturator (depending on the severity). Speach pathologists are frequently also involved. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for cleft lip or palate?

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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What's the best way to fix a gummy smile? I've heard that both a crown lengthening or gingivoplasty can be performed, but which is better? .

What's the best way to fix a gummy smile? I've heard that both a crown lengthening or gingivoplasty can be performed, but which is better?


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They : They are both surgical proceedures that cut away the gums and will only look good if your gums are overgrown over your teeth. If your gums are receded or if your teeth are already look long the surgery will not be your best option. Look in the mirror and check if your upper front teeth (and gums) have grown down lower than your side teeth. If that is the case your best option would be orthodontics to intrude those teeth. Invisalign treatment works well for intrusion. ...Read more

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What type of rhinoplasty would be best suited to correct a narrow nose? My nose is narrow at the bottom, even near the nostrils. How can rhinoplasty repair this? What type of surgery is required? .

What type of rhinoplasty would be best suited to correct a narrow nose? My nose is narrow at the bottom, even near the nostrils. How can rhinoplasty repair this? What type of surgery is required?

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It varies: If you have a narrow nose, especially if causes breathing difficulties, may be related to external or internal nasal valve collapse. This is usually corrected by a cartilage grafting of the nasal tip to help widen and strengthen this region. Often this is covered by insurance. If you nose is over-projected (pinocchio deformity) then cosmetic reduction of the tip will help. Good luck! ...Read more

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What type of rhinoplasty would be best suited to correct a narrow nose? My nose is narrow at the bottom, even near the nostrils. How can rhinoplasty repair this? What type of surgery is required? .

What type of rhinoplasty would be best suited to correct a narrow nose? My nose is narrow at the bottom, even near the nostrils. How can rhinoplasty repair this? What type of surgery is required?

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Open rhinoplasty : It's possible that your nose protrudes too far from your face, or that your cartilages near the nostrils are too narrow. Photos would help to clarify this. An open rhinoplasty would address either or both of these 2 issues to effectively widen your nose. ...Read more

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What is the of logan bar to cleft lip repair?

Protective: Logan bar protects the lip from repair, many plastic surgeons no longer use it. In fact, with over 30 yearsof cleft experience, i don't think I have ever seen it used. ...Read more

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What is the surgical procedure to fix a heart flutter?

What is the surgical procedure to fix a heart flutter?

Ablation: Ablation is a technique performed in in electrophysiology laboratory where the electrical behavior of the heart is mechanically altered. Although this is an invasive procedure, it is not technically surgery. Early in the history of ablation, surgical ablation was performed. Now that the percutaneous techniques have been refined, surgery is rarely performed for atrial flutter.. ...Read more

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What is the surgery like to extract a supernumerary tooth? Long? Painful?

What is the surgery like to extract a supernumerary tooth? Long? Painful?

Depends on location: Supernumerary, or extra, teeth should be removed because of their potential to harm adjacent teeth and bone, and/or interfere with eruption of the permanent teeth. In the hands of a skilled oral surgical specialist, with the proper anesthetics, pain can be avoided. Length of time for rx depends on location. Ask your dentist for referral. ...Read more

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

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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How is a septoplasty different from a rhinoplasty? It sounds to me like a septoplasty is very similar to a rhinoplasty. What is the difference? .

How is a septoplasty different from a rhinoplasty? It sounds to me like a septoplasty is very similar to a rhinoplasty.  What is the difference?

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The : The septum is the structure consisting of bone and cartilage that divides the nose into two nostrils. A septoplasty is surgery limited to this structure and is usually done to improve nasal breathing. A rhinoplasty is a cosmetic procedure which will improve the external appearance of the nose. Many times both procedures are done in the same operation. ...Read more

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In a child with a cleft palate, what is the difference between a posterior pharyngeal flap and an orticochea pharyngoplasty?

In a child with a cleft palate, what is the difference between a posterior pharyngeal flap and an orticochea pharyngoplasty?

Complex subject: Extremely sub specialized subject. I'm sure your child's surgeon can give you much more information than in this forum. We only have 400 characters to answer a complex question like this. ...Read more

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What is the recovery like after surgery to correct a rectocele?

What is the recovery like after surgery to correct a rectocele?

Relatively short: You should discuss the planned procedure and post-op care with your surgeon. Generally, a rectocele (posterior) repair recovery time is relatively short. You should be up and walking the day after surgery. You may experience some vaginal and rectal discomfort and pressure. You may be back to relatively normal activities except for heavy lifting and sexual activity within a couple of weeks. ...Read more

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At what age is a frenectomy performed for a “tongue tied” baby? If a baby is born “tongue tied, ” how early is a frenectomy performed to correct the problem?

At what age is a frenectomy performed for a “tongue tied” baby? If a baby is born “tongue tied, ” how early is a frenectomy performed to correct the problem?

Can be done at birth: If there are feeding issues it can be done at birth. Pediatric ents are often comfortable doing this if pediatricians aren't. I do them all the time for this reason in clinic. If there aren't symptoms, it's your choice to do it or wait and see if other issues develop such as speech problems, issues with brushing teeth or licking an ice cream cone. See http://lowmilksupply.Org/tonguetie.Shtml. ...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 need to know if there is a cure for cleft lip/cleft palate?

I need to know if there is a cure for cleft lip/cleft palate?

Surgery: Surgery will close up the clefts. See an oral surgeon or a plastic surgeon for treatment discussions. ...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


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Cleft Lip (Definition)

A lip that ...Read more