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Cleft Lip and Palate Repair

Correcting Abnormal Development

Cleft lip and palate repair surgically corrects abnormal development, restoring function to the lips and mouth and producing a more normal appearance.

What words should I know about cleft lip and palate repair?

Auditory canal

A passage in the ear.

Cheiloplasty

Cleft lip repair surgery.

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.

General anesthesia

Drugs and/or gases used during an operation to relieve pain and alter consciousness.

Intraoral

Inside the mouth.

Intravenous sedation

Sedatives administered by injection into a vein to help you relax.



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