What is the best treatment for cleft lip or palate?

Surgical repair. While there are other options other than surgery like obturators, surgery is by far the best option in children.
Repair. These are complex deformities that are best repaired by a team that includes plastic surgeons, ENT surgeons, speech pathologists, orthodontists, and others. These are often found at university hospital centers and give the best options for continuing care of these patients. I would encourage you to look for one of these clinics.

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Cleft lip & palates. What do you know about getting treatment in india?

SmileTrain.org. Smile train’s unique strategy of training and empowering local doctors and hospitals to provide the safest and most cost effective surgeries and follow-up care has allowed us to expand from a simple idea in 1999 to the world’s leading cleft charity. Read more...
Cleft lips/palates. You have plenty of well trained plastic surgeons who can correct the deformity. Enquire within the city you are hailing from. Read more...

Does anyone have speech therapy for a cleft lip and palate?

Lip no, palate yes. Generally isolated cleft lip patients do not require speech therapy and, generally, patients with cleft palate do as this affects normal speech development. These problems are generally handled in multispecialty clinics with many disciplines working together: plastic surgeons, ENT surgeons, speech therapists, orthodontists, etc. Read more...
Yes,most of the time. Cleft palate interrupts our speech mechanism, so almost all the times cleft palate patients need speech therapy.But in some cleft lip patient also need speech therapy too.That is why these conditions are treated in regional centers where speech therapists are member of the cleft team. Read more...
Yes, commonly. Absolutely yes. This is an essential part of treatment and may include speech and occupational therapy as well as counseling. Read more...

What are the treatments for a cleft lip and palate/deveated septum?

Surgery. If the deviated septum is bad enough to cause trouble breathing through the nose, medications such as nasal steroids can be tried. If that doesn't work, then surgery, "septoplasty" is the only answer. The patient should be a teenager at least as the surgery can interfere with midface growth in a younger child. Read more...
Repair. Surgical repair can address all three - cleft lip and septum first, then the cleft palate at a later stage. Children with cleft lip & palate may need minor revisionary surgery (especially of the nose and septum) later in life, followed by a formal rhinoplasty (nose job) for final "touch-ups" once their faces have matured - around 16/17 years old. 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...

What is the best part of the us to get operated for cleft lip and palate?

No best. There are many great surgeons and institutions in all parts of the country. Read more...
Many choices. 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. There are many good choices for this procedure in the United States. Good luck! Read more...
Experience counts. I'm not sure if any one part of the country is considered the best but seek referrals to a multidisciplinary team. Read more...
Cleft palate clinic. Seek a teaching hospital with a multidisciplinary clinic. They will see a large volume of patients and have a well oiled machine in place to care for all aspects of your child's care. As you will likely be making multiple visits over months and years, a location closer to home is probably preferable. Ask (facial) plastic surgeons in your area and they probably can recommend the best/nearest... Read more...
Cleftline.org. This website is operated by the american cleft palate-craniofacial association which is not controlled by any one specialty, or center. They list the accredited teams in the usa. One could argue that academic center are the best or worst place to have surgery. They often have/do the latest, but often the surgery is done by trainees. Read more...
Depends. Some questions i would have for the surgeon are: !. How many of these operations have you performed? 2. How many per year? 3. What is your rate of complications? 4. What are some common complications? 5. What happens after the operation? 6. Who will be there to take care of any emergencies? 7. Are you board certified and in what area? 8. Can you guarantee success?-i'd worry if they say yes to #8. Read more...
Teams--kids hospital. We're blessed. There are many fine cleft palate teams across the country. Ask your pediatrician for referral to a team. I'm particularly comfortable with teams based out of children's hospitals where the focus is kids first. Read more...
Cleftline. There are many highly respected and talented surgeons and cleft lip and palate teams throughout the country. The best way to get information regarding these teams, as well as information for parents and patients, is to visit the american cleft palate-craniofacial association's cleft palate foundation web site at http://www.Cleftline.Org. Good luck. Read more...

I need to know if there is a cure for cleft lip/cleft palate?

Surgery. Surgery will close up the clefts. See an oral surgeon or a plastic surgeon for treatment discussions. Read more...

Cleft lip and palate repair--best at birth or later?

Depends. Early closure of the outer defect is often to fascilitate feeding while the inner palate work is put off until the child is older.The best timing & work is done with input of the expert hands of the teal/surgeons who do the work. Read more...
First year of life. Both are best repaired during the first year of life - the lip/nose at around 3 months of age, and the palate at between 9 months and a year. Read more...
Lip by 3 months. Lip repair is usually done by 3 months old, and palate repair by 10 months before speech begins. The age of lip repair is not critical, and most surgeons do not feel that the risks of early (ie 0-4 weeks old) outweigh the theoretical benefits. So, repair at birth is frowned on by most cleft centers and surgeons. Read more...

Are there any adverse effects from having cleft lip or palate other than an aesthetic one?

Yes. There can be problems with speech. There can be aspiration of foods and fluids. There can be significant nasal deformities. There can be significant developmental deformities of the facial structure. Read more...
Language & ear. Infants with cleft lip or palate may have difficulty learning how to speak. Cleft palate impacts a child’s vocal development because the alveolar ridge is fissured and oral muscles are displaced. Due to the fissure and the resulting impact on the nasal cavity, children with cleft palate are especially prone to ear infections. Read more...