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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?

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

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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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.

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?

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 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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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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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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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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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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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?

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 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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