During cleft palate surgery, the separation that occurs in the hard and/or soft palate is closed. The procedure is usually performed on babies who are six to 12 weeks old.
Also Known As:
- Furlow procedure for cleft palate
- Vomer flap for cleft palate
- Three-flap procedure for cleft palate
- Von Langenbeck procedure for cleft palate
Conditions Treated with Cleft Palate Surgery:
Cleft palate surgery is performed to treat a cleft palate. A cleft palate is a birth defect characterized by a split or opening in the roof of the mouth.
There are no comparable non-surgical or surgical alternatives to cleft palate surgery.
Anesthesia with Cleft Palate Surgery:
Cleft palate surgery is performed with general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from Cleft Palate Surgery:
Possible risks of cleft palate surgery include infection, bleeding and a negative reaction to the anesthesia that is used. Other potential complications include scarring, soreness, swelling and bruising following the procedure. It is also possible for nerve damage to occur and for the face to be asymmetrical.
Prognosis after Cleft Palate Surgery:
The prognosis for a positive end result following cleft palate surgery is very good.
Recovery from Cleft Palate Surgery:
The total recovery time for cleft palate surgery is three to four weeks.