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Cleft Lip & Palate

Cleft lip and palate are a group of congenital deformities which can either come sporadically or through the family. The parents become anxious on getting a baby affected with this deformity. Fortunately they can be corrected by surgery and the child can get a chance to lead a near normal life in the society.

Cleft lip refers to a split in the upper lip which can be either complete reaching upto the nose or incomplete when it stops within the lip area. These children are taken up for surgery anywhere between three to six months of age when they are old enough to go through the surgery safely. If they are seen early enough i.e within days of birth they are advised to undergo nasoalveolar moulding which can improve the shape of nose and give better results with surgery. If not they are taken up for surgery.

Cleft palate refers to the split in the palate which the normal partition between the oral cavity and the nose. This can occur along with the cleft lip or as a case of isolated cleft palate when the lip is normal. This can be either be complete when it extends throughout the length of the palate or incomplete when it involves the more posterior regions only. The palate repair is usually done between nine to eighteen months of age. The children may have some difficulty in suckling or feeding which can be overcome by using the feeding aids. This procedure is done for closure of the defect in the palate but will help in the development of speech also as the muscles are placed into their normal position during the repair.

The procedures mentioned above constitute the major ones done in the child having cleft lip and palate. But apart from these the child needs some more procedures when it grows up. If the child has speech difficulty it requires speech therapy. The child will also need to undergo investigations for velopharyngeal insufficiency and may need surgery to correct it. To close the gap in the alveolus to allow proper placement of teeth alveolar bone graft needs to be done around the age of 7-8 years. As the child enters adolescence and the facial growth is nearly complete they may need a rhinoplasty to correct the shape of the nose.

These surgeries have been performed through the Smile Train project at Ganga Hospital totally free of charge. Ganga Hospital has been a Smile Train partner since 2007 and has performed 663 procedures so far under this project.

Apart from these primary procedures we can improve the appearance or speech of the patient's who have undergone surgery previously and have some residual problem. These secondary corrections are also performed free under this scheme.

Unilateral Cleft Lip

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Bilateral Cleft Lip and Palate

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Cleft Palate