Cleft lip repair words to know

  • Auditory canal: A passage in the ear.
  • Cheiloplasty: Cleft lip repair surgery.
  • Cheiloschisis: The scientific term for a cleft lip.
  • Cleft lip: The incomplete formation of the upper lip.
  • Cleft palate: The incomplete formation of the roof of the mouth.
  • Cleft: A separation of the upper lip and/or the roof of the mouth.
  • Columella: Tissue that separates the nostrils.
  • Contracture: A puckering or pulling together of tissues; a potential side effect of cleft surgery.
  • General anesthesia: Drugs and/or gases used during an operation to relieve pain and alter consciousness.
  • Hemoglobin: Blood count.
  • Intraoral: Inside the mouth.
  • Intravenous sedation: Sedatives administered by injection into a vein to help you relax.
  • Obturator: An intraoral device your child may wear prior to repair of the cleft lip which may assist in feeding and maintain the arch of the lip prior to repair.
  • Palatoschisis: The scientific term for a cleft palate.


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