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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.

Preparing for your child's cleft repair surgery

Prior to your child's 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. Initial cleft lip and cleft palate repair is generally performed in a hospital setting and most commonly requires overnight admission.



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