Babies born with a cleft will need repair surgery to close the gap left by the tissue not coming together in the womb. Usually, a cleft lip will be repaired at 3-6 months a cleft palate will be repaired at 10-18 month.
One or more follow up procedures may be needed once the lip and/or palate repairs have healed including:
Additional surgery to help with speech(pharyngoplasty). When the gum is involved, Alveolar Bone Graft procedure at 7-12 years may be needed. Teenagers may also need:
- Rhinoplasty to change the shape and/or function of nose
- Restorative dental surgery, such as implants, to improve the appearance of missing or misshapen teeth.