What is Palatoplasty
Palatoplasty is the surgical correction and reconstruction of the defective palate(cleft palate). People born with cleft palate will have an abnormal opening between mouth and nose which impairs swallowing, speech, and breathing. The ideal age for carrying out a palatoplasty is 6-12 months of age as it helps in the development of normal speech. Surgeries carried out beyond 3-5 yrs of age won’t have a proper speech development. Similarly, cheiloplasty is the construction of the normal anatomy of the lip with a defective lip(cleft lip). cheiloplasty is done at 3-6 months of age for better results and to avoid scars.
Cleft lip and palate is a congenital or birth defect affecting 1:800 of the population. Some of the risk factors are certain medications, smoking, alcohol taken during pregnancy or any nutritional deficiencies during pregnancy. Clefts are of two types unilateral(one side) and bilateral (both sides).
We in RDCH deal with cleft lip and palate cases on day to day basis… A patient who approach us definitely leaves our center with gratified results.