Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate
At Pandit Clinic, we have a very special expertise in handling all issues related to cleft care from day 1 to 25 years of age.
What is a Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate Surgery?
A cleft lip or a cleft palate is a birth defect. A cleft lip can be a small indentation in the lip or a complete break in the lip on one or both sides. The defect can extend through the roof of the mouth and a one sided or both sided cleft palate is formed. Cleft in the palate stretches to the entire length of the palate.
The cleft lip repair surgical procedure done when the child is 3 to 4 months old prevents the development of any future problems such as a speech impediment. The Cleft Palate is repaired when the child is 10 to 12 months old. The repair should be done before 18 months to get the best speech outcome.
When should one undergo Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate Surgery?
The timing of the cleft repairs depends on individual circumstances of your child. Cleft Lips are typically performed between 2 and 6 months of age depending on your child’s health status and local cleft team protocols. Cleft palate repairs are generally performed after cleft lip repair in a separate surgery when the child is between 9 to 18 months of age depending on the health status.
Your child will also have to attend regular appointments at our center so that the condition can be monitored closely and any problems can be dealt with. These will be usually recommended until they are around 21 years of age.
Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate Results
Questions to ask your Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate Surgeon?
We, at Pandit Clinic have a very special expertise in handling all issues related to cleft care from day 1 to 25 years of age.
What is the procedure for Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate surgery?
For the cleft lip surgical procedure, the child is given a general anesthesia wherein he / she falls asleep and feels no pain. Thereafter, the surgeon trims the tissues and proceeds to sew up the lip. The stitches and the scar are not easily noticeable. And the stitches absorb into the tissue as the scar heals. Hence, they need not be removed later. The cleft palate repair treatment follows the same process as the cleft lip repair treatment. But, during this treatment the tissue from the roof of the mouth may be moved over to cover the soft palate. Along with these two procedures the surgeon also recommends a surgery wherein the tip of the nose is repaired. This surgery is called rhinoplasty (or nose job).
Cleft Rhinoplasty: Nose Reshaping Surgery
What are the advantages of Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate surgery?
Alveolar Bone Grafting Surgery
Alveolar bone grafting and orthodontic treatment for patients with cleft lip and cleft palate are offered by Dr Vikram Pandit, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon at Pandit Clinic.
Smile Train: A venture to counter cleft lip and cleft palate
Dr. Shrirang PanditMBBS, MS, Mch (Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon)
Meet Dr. Shrirang Pandit
Dr. Shrirang Pandit is the founder of the Pandit Clinic. He has an experience of 30+ years in plastic surgery. He is a renowned name in the industry and pioneer of aesthetic lasers in India. Dr. Shrirang Pandit has performed numerous surgeries on children with facial clefts, managed patients with burn injuries and also has a large experience with lasers on Asian Indian skin. He has attended various laser workshops and courses as faculty and is keen on educating the next generations. He is a life member of all the top plastic surgery associations like Association of Plastic Surgeons in India, Association of Surgeons of India, Indian Association of Cosmetic Laser Surgeons, to name a few. He also acts as a key opinion leader for Ultrashape Inc., Lumenis Inc, VASER Sound Surgical Technologies, USA
Cleft Palate surgery called “palatoplasty” repairs the birth defect of cleft palate in the baby. This surgery is performed on the child during infancy by