What to expect during your consultation

The success and safety of your child’s cleft procedure starts with a consultation with a plastic surgeon and depends very much on your complete candidness.

Be prepared to discuss:

  • Your concerns and an evaluation of your child’s condition
  • Options available for cleft lip and/or cleft palate repair
  • Likely outcomes of surgery and the potential risks and complications associated with the procedure
  • A recommended course of treatment

Be candid about your concerns for your child and your plastic surgeon’s ability to meet his or her special needs. The success of your child’s procedure, safety and overall satisfaction requires that you:

  • Honestly share your concerns
  • Fully disclose your child’s health history including current medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements
  • Commit to precisely following all of your plastic surgeon’s instructions


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