How long does it take for cleft palate surgery to heal?
It usually takes about 3 to 4 weeks for the incision to heal. Your child may need to wear padded arm splints for 1 to 2 weeks after surgery to prevent rubbing the surgery area.
How many surgeries does it take to fix a cleft palate?
A minimum of one surgery is required to repair a cleft palate. The requirement for further surgeries depends on the patient’s progress. A separate surgery will be used to repair the lip; additional surgeries may be needed to make the lip appear normal or improve speech.
Which is the best time to surgical repair of cleft palate?
Cleft palates are typically repaired between 8 and 12 months of age. Clefts of the soft palate can usually be repaired early (8 to 10 months of age). Clefts of the hard and soft palate are best repaired later (10 to 12 months of age).
Is cleft surgery painful?
Some pain is normal after palate repair. Your surgeon and medical team will work together to achieve the best pain control possible, but your child may still experience discomfort.
How much does a cleft palate surgery cost?
Typical costs: Without health insurance, cleft lip and/or palate surgery typically costs $5,000 to $10,000 or more per surgery; if the child has both a cleft lip and a cleft palate, two surgeries typically are required for a total of $10,000 to $20,000.
How serious is cleft palate?
Cleft palate is the most common birth defect that occurs. It happens in about 1 in 700 births. It is not a fatal problem. Most children born with clefts do well in developed countries.
Is cleft palate hereditary?
The causes of cleft lip and cleft palate (or both) are unknown, although hereditary (genetic) factors sometimes play a small role. A cleft lip or cleft palate (or both) is not caused by anything the parents did or did not do during the pregnancy.
Can cleft lip scar be removed?
Surgery will create a new scar that could take up to two years to improve in appearance. Other non-surgical options include Skin Camouflage creams and powders, or laser therapy to flatten the scar or reduce redness.
Can a cleft palate be fixed completely?
The only way to repair a cleft palate is by surgery. The goal is to close the opening in the roof of the child’s mouth.
Is cleft lip and palate a disability?
Results suggest that children with cleft palate only constitute a language-disorder group with more severe reading disabilities. Children with cleft lip and palate are more likely to have verbal expressive deficits and milder reading problems, possibly related to peripheral speech mechanisms.