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Are there any long term complications to the cleft palate surgery?
9 doctors weighed in

Dr. Jason Hall
Surgery - Plastics
4 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. David Schleimer
Studies have shown that mid-facial growth is reduced by surgical intervention. It is a necessary "evil" of the need to create closure of the anatomical defect(s). Children in under-served parts of the world may have visual deformities that are socially disabling, however they do show much better mid-facial projection. In our well served country, repairs are done early and are effective, but facial concavity is a very common sequela of surgery. As growth progresses, it becomes more and more apparent.
Dr. Evelyn Hurvitz
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Evelyn Hurvitz
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Dr. Troy Reyna
Surgery - Pediatric
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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