Cleft palate, a common birth defect

Written by: Dr. Sergio Ramírez Varela
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Cleft lip is a birth defect that affects the upper lip and / or palate. Cleft lip surgery is a surgery that tries to repair these birth defects.

A cleft lip, which is one of the most common birth defects and treated in oral maxillofacial surgery , may simply be a small notch in the lip. But it can also be a complete split that reaches the base of the nose, affecting the appearance of the face. This, together with a cleft palate, can cause certain problems associated with eating and speaking.

Cleft lip surgery

Surgery for cleft lip is usually done in childhood, when the child / a is between 6 weeks and 9 months old. However, in exceptional cases it can be performed in adolescence or even adulthood.

The cleft lip surgery is performed under general anesthesia. Its main objective is to restore the anatomical and functional continuity of the lip and / or palate, selecting the most appropriate surgical technique in each case.

Post-operative surgery of cleft lip

24h or 48h after surgery, the patient is discharged from hospital. They have to perform a number of local wound care until the stitches, which will be within 5 days of the intervention was removed.

Sometimes, the patient may need revision surgery during adolescence to improve the appearance of lip and nose, as well as continuous monitoring with speech therapists and orthodontists once it has also repaired the palate.

before and after cleft lip






Unilateral cleft lip: preoperatively (left) and postoperative (right)

cleft lip






Bilateral cleft lip: preoperatively (left) and postoperative (right)

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. Sergio Ramírez Varela
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Outstanding specialist in Maxillofacial Surgery (including children) with cum laude and extensive international training in Florida, Indonesia and South Africa. At present, he coordinates various specialty courses at the University of Alcalá in Madrid and she practices at the University Hospital Gomez Ulla, Fuensanta and AJURIA Jaldon SL Clinic.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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