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Cleft Lip and Palate Repair

Correcting Abnormal Development

Cleft lip repair and cleft palate repair are types of surgery used to correct this abnormal development and are meant to restore function to the lips and mouth along with 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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