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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is cleft palate surgery ever fatal? My daughter is having it next month when she will be 11 months.
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
My 21m daughter had cleft palate surgery at 1yr. She says 40 words but not putting two words together yet. Should I eval yet? Wait?
Evaluation.: Ask your pediatrician about a developmental evaluation. Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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