CLEFT PALATE TREATMENT: AT THE RICHARDSONS
Cleft palate is a common congenital anomaly occurring in infants. It happens when there is an aberration in the embryological palate development. The palate has a very important role in speech, separating the oral cavity from the nasal cavity, swallowing and even growth of the upper jaw, in every individual. So it is very important that palate repair is done at the right age, using the right surgical techniques, so that the results are for life. Improperly done cleft palate surgery leaves a fistula or an opening which is difficult to close age progresses. In the cleft palate surgery, the muscles of the palate are reoriented so that the original anatomy is obtained feasible for swallowing and speech.
A 9month old baby was brought to the Richardson Hospital. The parents had come as advised by the surgeon at the age of 9 months. The cleft lip surgery was done at the same hospital. After obtaining a pediatrician consult, the baby was planned for a palatoplasty surgery.
Under the supervision of a pediatric anesthetist, surgery was done under general anesthesia. The whole defect was closed in an anatomical fashion, by reorientation of muscles, nasal and oral layer. The sutures used were resorbable. Post surgery feeding was started after 4 hours. The parents were given all the required instructions.
At the Richardson’s, pre-surgery, surgery, and post-surgery care are considered to be utmost important. Cleft palate surgery is technique sensitive and needs to be done precisely to get life long benefit. Thousands of documented surgeries have been done at Richardsons with excellent results, thanks to the efficient cleft and craniofacial team. We strive to make every cleft individual as a noncleft individual.