Surgery Surgical repair of the clefts of the lip and/or palate usually occurs in the first 12 months of life, depending on the individual child, their general health and the extent of the cleft. Our team provides an extremely important role in the management of children and adults with cleft lip and cleft palate, and craniofacial anomalies by performing cleft lip and palate surgery. Cheiloplasty – Cleft Lip Repair Surgery Timing of primary cleft lip repair surgery (cheiloplasty) generally occurs around 3 .
How common are cleft and craniofacial disorders? Cleft lips and palates are the most common craniofacial disorders. It is estimated that each year in the United States, 2, babies are born with a cleft palate and 4, babies are born with a cleft lip with or without a cleft palate. Cleft lips and palates are among the most common birth defects. The goal of this surgery is to fix the separation of the lip. Sometimes, a second operation is needed. Cleft palate repairs are usually done between the ages of 6 to 18 months. This is a more complicated surgery, and it is done when the baby is bigger and better able to tolerate the surgery.
Usually, a cleft palate repair is done within months. The procedure is comparatively more complicated than the cleft lip surgery, since the muscles and the tissues of the palate need to be carefully repositioned in order to fill the gap. Cleft palate surgery involves drawing tissue from either side of the mouth to rebuild the palate. It requires 2 or 3 nights in the hospital, with the first night spent in the intensive care unit. The necessity for more operations often depends on the severity of the cleft, its shape, and the thickness of available tissue that can be used to.