Cleft Lip & Palate

Cleft Lip & Palate Repair and Related Surgery
Cleft lip repair is performed within the first 3-6 months of life. Depending on the cleft, a period of nasoalveolar moulding may be recommended. During surgery, the abnormal positions of the muscles of the lip are corrected and the gap is closed. At the same time, the cartilage of the cleft nostril is also reshaped and repositioned.

Palate repair is performed around 9 months of age, before the child learns to speak. Surgery repositions the abnormal muscles, and this gives the child a better chance of speaking normally.

Alveolar bone grafting is performed around the age of 9-11years. Bone graft is taken from the hip to fill in the bony gap in the alveolus so that tooth development and eruption can take place.

Secondary revision surgery is done to help improve scars and fine tune the appearance of the lip and nose, so that the stigmata of the original cleft deformity are minimized.