Cleft lip (cheiloschisis) and cleft palate (palatoschisis) is a rare craniofacial deformity that occurs during the early development stage of an unborn child. Failure of the palate and lips to fuse during the 11th and 16th week of gestation causes this medical condition. This may also be caused by teratogens and low nutrient intake of the mother or genetic factors during the development process. Cleft lip and palate is very treatable, but needs an immediate attention because it can cause serious problems if not immediately attended to. Within 2-3 months post-delivery of the child, undergoing Cheiloplasty and Palatoplasty are highly recommended.
Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate Repair
Cleft lip or cleft palate repair will definitely make an immense difference in the patient’s quality of life, including the ability to breathe, speak and eat without worrying for risk of aspiration. However, follow-up procedures may be needed for functional purposes or to fix the appearance.
Choosing to have a surgery is a big leap for parents and a big decision to make. After the pediatric surgeon diagnosed and oriented the parents for the surgery and signing of consent, the operation will be set. The plastic surgeon will then instruct the parents regarding the specific laboratory examinations and diagnostic tests that will be performed to ensure that the patient is in good condition for the surgery.
Finding a Trusted Plastic Surgeon
Finding a trusted Plastic Surgeon is vital. This is actually one of the first steps when you need a reconstructive surgery done. In choosing the right plastic surgeon, consult someone who is a member of American Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). The ASPS requires a qualifying standard for plastic surgeons to become a member. They have should have finished their medical education in an accredited school and passed his surgical training for 6 years, including 3 years of plastic surgery residency training. Dr. Paul Angelchik has been a Rotaplast volunteer surgeon since 1999. He helped in the development of nations by treating congenital birth defects for medically indigent children and adults. Many of the surgical techniques used today in facial cosmetic plastic surgery originated with techniques developed to treat facial deformities.
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