What recovery problems are to be expected from a cleft lip and palate surgery for a one-year old? We have adopted a one-year old child, that has a cleft lip and palate. What difficulties could be encountered during recovery? Will her breathing be affected

Cleft . Cleft lip and palate treatment consists of multiple staged operations that will occur over the life of your child as he/she reaches different developmental landmarks. Most typically, the cleft lip is repaired first and allowed to heal before proceeding to repair of the cleft palate. Because your child is older than the typical ages of repair of the cleft lip (3 months old) and palate (8-10 months old), some surgeons may decide to do more than one procedure in a single stage. This will depend on the experience and preferences of your surgeon, as well as considerations of your child's general health. Because repair of cleft lip and palate is an involved process involving multiple stages over the lifetime of your child, my strongest recommendation is to connect with an experienced craniofacial surgical center with an integrated, team approach. Excellent outcomes can be achieved when a child has integrated care from plastic surgeons, otolaryngologists, speech therapists, orthodontists, dentists, and social services coordinators. My own craniofacial surgery training was at stanford university, and i can personally recommend the stanford/ lucille packard cleft and craniofacial team to you as an excellent team. There are also other centers near you which have very good craniofacial programs. Please arrange to have your child evaluated by an experienced craniofacial team in order to get the best answers to your questions. All the best to you, dr. Skourtis.
Visit with a surgeon. The best answers can be obtained from the office of the surgeon who performs these surgeries. They can help you to anticipate what life would be like following surgery. They also understand the severity of this condition in your child.

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What recovery problems are to be expected from a cleft lip and palate surgery for a one-year old?

VARIED. Surgical results are often varied--dependent primarily upon the severity of the defect being corrected. The surgical team of specialists that care for your baby will be the best source of potential outcomes and risks. In general, the earlier the treatment, the better the potential results can be. Good luck. Read more...
A few things. Pain, and the different feeling inside the mouth after cleft palate repair are the two biggest problems to be expected after cleft palate surgery. Cleft lip also adds a little more pain. The children also don't like the use of arm restraints, even though most of us surgeons use them after lip repair, and sometimes after palate repair. Read more...
Breathing, eat,drink. Monitor breathing is the must. Watch for sign of airway difficulties such as sucking in of the lower lip, postop airway obstruction from edema, bleeding or exudates in the respiratory tract or certain drugs. Soft diet is commenced after 24-48 hrs, continue up to 6 wks. Pain meds for comfort. Clean suture regularly, applied antibiotic cream. Regular fluid to keep mouth moist and clean. Read more...