Is palate 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. For pain, your child may be prescribed a medicine called either Oxycodone or Lortab.
How long is a hospital stay for cleft palate?
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. Your child will be in the operating room for only a few hours. The hospital stay is usually 1 to 3 days.
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.
How do surgeons fix a cleft palate?
The repair of a cleft palate requires careful repositioning of tissue and muscles to close the cleft and rebuild the roof of the mouth. Incisions are made on either side of the cleft and specialized ﬂap techniques are used to reposition the tissues of the hard and soft palate.
How do they do palate surgery?
Palate repair surgery is usually done when your baby is 6 to 12 months old. The gap in the roof of the mouth is closed and the muscles and the lining of the palate are rearranged. The wound is closed with dissolvable stitches. The operation usually takes about 2 hours and is done using a general anaesthetic.
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.
Can cleft palate babies speak?
It is common for children born with cleft palate or with cleft lip and palate to have speech problems at some time in their lives. Over half of these children will need speech therapy; however, most will develop normal speech by age 5.
Does cleft palate affect breathing?
Clefts of the lip and palate frequently produce nasal deformities that tend to reduce the size of the nasal airway. Approximately 70% of the cleft population have nasal airway impairment and about 80% “mouth-breathe” to some extent.