Preparing for surgery

Prior to surgery, your plastic surgeon will discuss with you:

  • Pre-surgical considerations, diagnostic testing and medications
  • Day-of-surgery instructions and medications
  • Specific information related to the use of anesthesia
  • Postoperative care and follow-up

Your plastic surgeon will also discuss where your child’s procedure will be performed. Cleft repair is generally performed in a hospital setting.

Prior to surgery: In some cases, your child may be given an intraoral (inside the mouth) device, called an obturator, to wear prior to repair of the cleft lip which may assist in feeding and maintain the arch of the lip prior to repair.



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