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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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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 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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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

Cleft team: A cleft of the palate commonly causes middle ear fluid build up and infections and require placement of ear tubes usually within the first few months of birth. You have answered your own question - yes it can cause hearing loss(partial deafness) and issues with speech. Your child's plastic surgeon, ENT surgeon ; cleft team will work together to minimize the impact of the cleft by early treatment. ...Read more

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How many surgeries to fix cleft palate in child?

Depends: That is a very difficult question and it depends on how much of the palate is affected. If it is a simple cleft, it can be repaired in one surgery. If it involves a lot of the roof of the mouth it might need to be done in stages. ...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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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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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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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


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