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Cleft Palate Surgery in Nehru Enclave, Delhi

A cleft repair is done when a person has a cleft lip or a cleft palate. A cleft refers to a hole or an opening. In a cleft lip, there is a split or opening in the lip. This opening can be small or large enough to extend towards the nose from the lip. In a cleft palate, there is a hole in the palate or the roof of the mouth. This occurs in newborn babies who are underdeveloped in the womb. 

The palate consists of two parts, the hard palate and the soft palate. A cleft can occur in any of the parts. The hard part is made of the bony part on the roof of your mouth. The soft part is made up of soft tissue and is located at the back of the mouth. Cleft lip and cleft palate can occur together or individually and they might be on one side of the mouth or both. For further information, you should contact cleft specialists near you.

What happens in a cleft repair?

The treatment of repairing a cleft lip might vary depending on the severity of the cleft in each person. The treatment can consist of several different surgeries dealing with repairing the cleft and then restructuring the face. Your child will also be provided with a team of multiple specialists who will help in the rehabilitation or repair of the cleft. This team of specialists might include a speech pathologist, orthodontist, plastic surgeon or oral surgeon.

During the surgery, the child will be given anesthesia which will put him or her to sleep while the procedure is conducted. 

In a cleft lip repair procedure, the aim is to close the split or opening that extends between the nose and the lip. The opening needs to be closed. During the procedure, incisions are made along the sides of the opening. These incisions then create flaps of skin, tissue and muscles. These flaps are then pulled over together and stitched. This creates a normal lip and nose structure.

In a cleft palate repair, caution needs to be taken. The procedure deals with the repositioning of the tissue and the muscles, which will help in closing the cleft and rebuilding the top or the roof of the mouth. Similar to the cleft lip repair, incisions are made on both sides of the cleft and flap techniques are used to stitch the opening back together. This procedure is conducted carefully so that the child can have normal speech, food habits and normal growth in the future.

Who qualifies for a cleft repair?

Kids who are underdeveloped in the womb are born with a cleft lip or a cleft palate. These kids will be recommended for cleft repair. This will help in closing the cleft opening and also improve life quality. Cleft repair is usually recommended for infants and small children after their birth. You should look for cleft repair surgery near you. 

Request an appointment at Apollo Spectra Hospitals, Nehru Enclave, New Delhi.

Call 1860 500 2244 to book an appointment.

Why should you get cleft repair surgery?

A cleft repair surgery not only closes the cleft, but also helps a child lead a normal and healthy life. It also helps in improving speech and instilling proper feeding habits in the child. Contact cleft repair doctors near you for this.

What are the benefits?

  • Restoration of facial symmetry
  • Restoration of the nasal passage
  • Re-establishing the soft palate and hence, promotion of normal speech
  • Promoting a normal life

What are the risks?

  • Bleeding
  • Anesthesia issues
  • Infection
  • Damage to deeper structures
  • Poor healing of the incisions
  • Need for more surgery
  • Respiratory problems after the surgery
  • Irregular healing of the scars
  • Asymmetries on the nose or the lips after the surgery

Contact cleft repair surgery hospitals near you.

Request an appointment at Apollo Spectra Hospitals, Nehru Enclave, New Delhi.

Call 1860 500 2244 to book an appointment.

References

https://www.plasticsurgery.org/reconstructive-procedures/cleft-lip-and-palate-repair/safety

https://www.healthline.com/health/cleft-lip-and-palate#coping

https://www.chp.edu/our-services/plastic-surgery/patient-procedures/cleft-palate-repair
 

At what age is cleft palate repair done?

Cleft palate repair is done when the child is between 9 and 14 months of age.

What happens if a cleft palate is left untreated?

If a cleft palate is left untreated, it can lead to problems for the child during speech, feeding hearing and dental development.

How long does a cleft palate surgery take?

A cleft palate surgery takes anywhere from 2 to 6 hours, depending on the type of the surgery being done.

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