07 June, 2008

Cleft lip and palate

                           (Left: before operation,  Right: After operation)

The technique to repair the cleft lip & palate is progressed rapidly.
Thanks to Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery.

The repair need several operations;  first operation is done during
infancy to correct the cleft lips.  Second operation is, at least, done 
before 3-year-old to correct the hard palate.  because if the correction
of cleft palate is delayed, the patient will be suffering some difficulty 
of speaking.  

For more details, Please ask the Plastic surgeon or Reconstructive 

Ref) Fishaer DM. Unilateral cleft lip repair: an anatomical subunit 
        approximation technique.  Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery  
        116:61, 2005.

Any questions:  write to Keiji Hagiwara, MD