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.
Certainly. Speaking for myself, I have participated in medical missions to the phillipines in the past and may do so again in the future but not presently. I am certain that many other of my colleagues here have done this as well and continue to do so.

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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...

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...

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...
Not in my memory. And I have a very long memory. But unfortunate circumstances can occur with any surgery. Please discuss your concerns with the surgeon scheduled to do the procedure. Please know that the benefits far outweigh the risks. Cleft palate surgery, an exquisitely sophisticated procedure, can produce marvelously positive life altering results. Read more...
Cleft palate. The goals of surgery for cleft palate are to ensure the child's ability to eat, speak, hear and breathe and normal appearance. Every surgery has a possible risks include bleeding, infection or nerve damage. The post-surgical mortality rate is about 2%. R.: talk to your surgeon about risk/reward ratio. Read more...

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

No. There should not be any long-term complications from the surgery. There should be followup, however, with the surgeon performing the procedure, as well with a team monitoring your child's feeding abilities, ears, nose and throat development. Read more...
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...
Notlikely. If repaired properly by experienced surgeon there are very few long term complications with cleft lip/palate surgery. Also depends on the degree of the defect. Read more...

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?

Call the surgeon. Call the surgeon to discuss this issue. Read more...
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...

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...

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...
Contact ACPA. The American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) is an international non-profit medical society of health care professionals who treat and/or perform research on birth defects of the head and face. They are very helpful. Here is the link: http://www.acpa-cpf.org/who_we_are/ . Read more...

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

A week or 2. Typically children who have undergone cleft palate repair will be in the hospital for a day or two while they "relearn" how to swallow and i can be sure they are eating/drinking enough. They go home on a soft diet (think pudding, jello, ice cream, baby food) for 2 weeks, then are typically released to eating what they want. Pain is really only a problem for the first 2-3 days. Read more...
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...
A week +/- Usuallu a few dayus of post op pain, then just favoring the area for a week or two. Read more...