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What is the procedure to fix a cleft palate like?

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Dr. Jason Hall
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

A cleft palate repair is designed to close the cleft and re-orient the soft palate muscles to allow for normal speech development.
Ideally, this is accomplished with one surgery. Around 20% of children with cleft palates will need a second surgery to improve nasal speech when they are 4-5 years old. Depending on the severity and whether the gums are involved, bone surgery may be needed later.

In brief: Depends

A cleft palate repair is designed to close the cleft and re-orient the soft palate muscles to allow for normal speech development.
Ideally, this is accomplished with one surgery. Around 20% of children with cleft palates will need a second surgery to improve nasal speech when they are 4-5 years old. Depending on the severity and whether the gums are involved, bone surgery may be needed later.
Dr. Jason Hall
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Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Multiple repairs

Each cleft palate is unique.
Your team of specialists will review the very best plan for your baby. Initially, the team will focus on repairing the palate and lip so that your baby can easily feed. Afterwards, future surgeries may be focused on getting the best possible repair. Often several years and some braces are needed before final repairs can be completed.

In brief: Multiple repairs

Each cleft palate is unique.
Your team of specialists will review the very best plan for your baby. Initially, the team will focus on repairing the palate and lip so that your baby can easily feed. Afterwards, future surgeries may be focused on getting the best possible repair. Often several years and some braces are needed before final repairs can be completed.
Dr. Sarah Kohl
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Dr. Troy Reyna
Surgery - Pediatric

In brief: Surgery

If the lip is normal then the surgery is scheduled at about a year of age or sooner. It involves surgery on the soft tissue of the roof of the mouth and the bone, it can take about 1-2 hours.
There will be some temporary feeding issues after surgery.

In brief: Surgery

If the lip is normal then the surgery is scheduled at about a year of age or sooner. It involves surgery on the soft tissue of the roof of the mouth and the bone, it can take about 1-2 hours.
There will be some temporary feeding issues after surgery.
Dr. Troy Reyna
Dr. Troy Reyna
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