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Surgery to repair a cleft of any kind is a highly individualized procedure that's intended to not only close the defect, but also to insure your child's ability to function and grow normally.
Cleft lip repair, also called cheiloplasty, includes reconstruction of a more normal appearance, namely:
Because the palate creates the ﬂoor of the nasal cavity, considerations in repairing a cleft palate include:
Where the cleft also affects the shape of the nose, additional procedures may be recommended to:
The timing of the cleft repairs depend on the individual circumstances of your child.
Cleft lip repairs are initially performed when a child is at least 10 weeks of age and 10 pounds in weight and has a hemoglobin (or blood count) of at least 10.
Cleft palate repairs are generally performed when a child is somewhat older, from 9 to 18 months of age.
Cleft repair may be delayed in order to treat other, more life-threatening problems that may be present such as a heart or lung disorder.