I am looking for an excellent surgeon to repair a bilateral cleft lip and palate. What should I search for?

Cleft surgeons. I suggest looking at the nearest academic hospital and calling to see if they have a craniofacial team experienced in cleft lip and palate repair. The team will include the surgeon, ent, dentist, speech therapist, nurse, and social worker, all of whom will have had significant experience in treating these children and assisting their families. In the nyc area, i recommend nyu. Best, /nsn.
Operation Smile. If you call operation smile at 888-677-6453 or 757-321-7645, they can refer you to a number of resources in searching out a cleft lip/palate plastic surgeon. Many universities have multispecialty cleft clinics and can be an excellent source of information and treatment options. Good luck!
Try ACPA. The american cleft palate association has a list of multi-disciplinary teams that focus on a team approach to care for these patients. You can find this on-line.

Related Questions

I was born with bilateral cleft lip and palate. What caused it?

It depends. We now know that in some patients, their is a genetic component to a cleft lip and palate. We call this syndromic clefting. In most instances, we do not know the cause. If you are concerned about passing this on to future children, you can have an evaluation by a medical geneticist. Read more...
Unknown. No one really knows why this happens but it is common. Cleft lip and palate appear in one out of 700 live caucasian births in the United States. The clefts can be surgically repaired. Read more...

I have a bilateral cleft lip and palate and the scars are really noticeable. What treatments can reduce the symptoms?

Revision . Without seeing photos you have several options. Non-surgical options include kenalog (triamcinolone) injections along the scar as well as co2 laser resurfacing. If the lip exhibits retraction or requires lengthening then a surgical revision would be necessary. Read more...
Lip Surgery Needed. Today we address the issue shortly after birth with naso alveolar moulding. The tissue is manipulated early so that one well time operation can prevent a litany of follow up operations which would otherwise need to be performed to correct appearance and function. If at thirty six it is going to take some plastic surgery from a knowledgeable team to address the issue. Start with dr larry brecht i. Read more...

Bilateral cleft lip- searching for experienced surgeon?

Bilateral cleft lip. Treatment of bilateral cleft lip is best performed by a surgeon that specializes in cleft surgery and has done additional craniofacial surgery training. If you live near a university hospital, there should be an experienced cleft surgeon at the affiliated children's hospital. Your pediatrician should be able to assist you with finding an experienced cleft surgeon in your area. Read more...

I would like to know more about bilateral cleft lip and palet. Care and treatments :)?

Surgical correction. Cleft lip and palate occurs when the face does not correctly form in utero. Bilateral palatal clefts should be evaluated by an Oral And Maxillofacial surgeon for surgical correction. This type of cleft will affect normal eating and function, and should be addressed at an early age. Several surgeries may be needed to fully correct. Read more...
Cleft Palate. Cleft palate care is best accomplished by a coordinated team that includes Oral Surgeon, Orthodontist, General Dentist or Pediatric Dental Specialist, Psychologist, Speech Therapist, Plastic Surgeon, Pediatrician, etc. Here in the Philadelphia area we are blessed with multiple Cleft Teams at our excellent Childrens' Hospitals. Start with your Pediatrician....ask for guidance. Read more...
Team approach. Best treated by a team of professionals lead by plastic surgery and including orthodontist, pediatrician, ENT, speech pathologist, audiologist, genetic counselor, social worker, etc, usu @ a university. Reconstruction continues over years in stages. Check out plastic surgery.org and cleftline.org. Read more...

My daughter whas born with a bilateral cleft lip and palet. What kind of plasters can I put on to let her lip come in place to make surgery beter?

Get evaluated. I send these patients to a cleft palate team affiliated with a cranio-facial plastic surgeon.They will generally work out a plan for any strapping/taping etc when such efforts will benefit the patient. Each patient has unique structural findings that make an exam, testing and planning necessary to the best possible outcome. You can't do that online. Read more...

Are there any long term adulthood effects after getting a cleft lip or palate repaired?

Cleft lip and palate. Ideally, once a cleft lip or palate is repaired, there will be normal growth and speech development. However, there are inherent risks with surgery for cleft lip and palate. The biggest of these risks lies with cleft palate surgery, where an opening in the palate may recur leading to a nasal voice and passage of liquids between the nasal and oral cavity. Treatment requires further surgery. Read more...
Possible. Hopefully the correct procedures were done at the correct time. However, long term dental arch relapse is possible if retainers are not worn correctly. Scar tissue can retract and change arch shape. Incomplete closure of bony fissures can cause problems with periodontal defects. However, usually no problems! Read more...
Yes, sometimes. Yes, dental, speech, appearance, sinus, and psychosocial issues can all appear or persist into adulthood. Many cleft teams will see adults, or the individual team members will in their offices. Read more...
Yes. Cleft lip and palate can significantly affect the tooth formation as well as maturation of the nose and mid face. Hopefully the cleft palate repair will prevent future speech problems but that is not guaranteed. Most children will eventually need additional surgery as they get older. Read more...

My son had a cleft lip/cleft palate repair. How long until he recovers?

Cleft. Tissue heals in 7-10 days. Bone takes 12 weeks. Your son should be back to normal activity depending on the size of the cleft in3-4 weeks please check with the surgeon. Read more...

What do you suggest if my son had a cleft lip/cleft palate repair?

Not much. If you child's cleft palate has been repaired, his team did a terrific job. Please rephrase your question if you need further info. Read more...
Rehabilitation. involves the action of a multidisciplinary team like pediatrician, ENT, Orthodontist, plastic surgeon,psychologist and related specialties. Read more...
Suggest ?????? You get the most from this site when you provide detailed background on a current problem and ask a specific related question. What about your kids repair are you interested in ? When you ask a broad question we cannot focus on specifics. The only reasonable response to your query is to follow up with your kids docs. You are welcome to start over. questions are not linked. Read more...

What does orthognathic surgery for bilateral complete cleft lip and palate involve?

Bone grafting. Typically these procedures involve a lot of bone grafting, often enough that it has to be completed in multiple surgeries. Block grafts of bone are typically held in place by screws and plates to stabilize them during the healing phase. Read more...
Facial balance. Most people with bilateral cleft lip have decreased projection of the maxilla (midface) which gives a flattened appearance below the eyes, cheeks and upper lip. Orthognatic surgery corrects this. Read more...
Many surgeries . This surgery can include repair of the lip and nose by clipping then sewing the tissues together in the first 6 months of life. The palate (roof of mouth) repair around 12-18 months of age involves sewing the two sides together. A repair of a cleft in the gumline may involve adding bone and orthodontics (braces) usually 9-12 years old. Read more...
Clefts and Jaw Sx. In cleft patients, it is common for the maxilla to fail to develop along normal growth patterns, a lot of this has to do with scarring from previous surgeries. In order to correct for this underdevelopment of the upper jaw, orthognathic surgery is performed. Typically, the upper jaw is advanced forward, and because it is a bilateral cleft, it will technically be a three-piece segmental LeFort. Read more...