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What To Expect During Cleft Lip And Palate Surgery

Posted on 2/6/2023 by Young Jun DDS MD FACS
What To Expect During Cleft Lip And Palate SurgeryCleft palate and lip surgery restore a child's upper palate and lip. Congenital disorders cause problems in speech, drinking, and eating. Although surgery can start as early as three months, it can carry it out later through a child's teenage years. During surgery of cleft lip or palate, splits or separations are visible. Since they are congenital disorders, they occur when the baby is in the uterus.

What Cleft Palate and Cleft Palate is

The separation of the upper lip is referred to as a cleft lip. This separation looks like a wide or narrow opening that sometimes includes nostrils and gums and sometimes extends to the palate. A cleft palate is an opening or division at the upper part of the mouth. It either touches the soft back portion or the bony front part. In the worst scenario, a baby can have palates and cleft lips. Mostly, cleft palate and cleft lip are common.

Cleft Lip Surgery

Cleft lip restoration is a surgery that happens to fix the cleft of the children's lips. An incision along the ends of the cleft lip that extends to the nose is carried out. Stitches are then used to attach the muscles of the child's top lip and cut edges. After the repair, the nostrils and upper lip are shaped well.

Cleft Palate Surgery

Cleft palate repair is an operation that fixes the opening or separation of a baby's top mouth. A surgeon rearranges and detaches the top of the mouth tissues. Stitches are then used to pull the right and left sides altogether. Cleft palates and lips are likely to be associated with dental issues and speech and hearing issues. Both cleft and palate surgeries enhance the eating, drinking, and breathing of a baby. That is why they should never ignore them.

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