Cleft lip and palate are nothing but facial deformities that usually result from consumption of certain antibiotics during pregnancy which then leads to incomplete development of the lips and/or palate. Cleft lip and palate surgery are done to treat this very defect and make it easier for patients to breathe normally again. Having treated more than 10,000 patients with varying degrees of craniofacial anomalies, Dr. Sunil Richardson is undoubtedly the best baby cleft lip palate surgeon in India.
How Is Baby Cleft Lip Repair Surgery in India Done?
Cleft lip surgery is carried out to treat a gap or discontinuity in the upper lip and help overcome the feeding difficulty in the patients.
Cleft palate surgery is done to close the opening in the roof of the mouth and make it easier for the patient’s normal speech to develop.
It is necessary to get cleft lip and palate surgeries done as early as possible as it increases the chances of a successful surgery, and the results are also more effective than having it done at a later stage.
For a cleft lip, getting surgery done as early as 3 months is recommended while for cleft palate, getting it done when the baby is anywhere between 9-10 months is recommended.
The procedure begins by injecting anaesthesia to prevent any discomfort or pain to the baby. The surgeon will then recreate the shape of the lip and the nose with help of little cuts which will assist in creating skin flaps with intraoral tissue and muscle. Then everything is carefully stitched together enabling closure of cleft lip and palate.
The rectal shape is then corrected followed by repositioning of tendons and tissues. When the surgeon believes that the cleft lip and palate are mended, all the incisions will be then closed with absorbable sutures.
The baby might need to come in for regular check-ups for some months up to a year, and orthodontic therapy will need to be carried out when the child begins to eliminate their baby teeth.
How Long Does It Take a Baby to Recover from Cleft Lip Repair Surgery?
It could take anywhere between 4-6 months depending on the nature of the surgery and the patient. But it is required for the patient to stay in the hospital for a couple of days for post-surgery care.
Which Is the Best Hospital for Cleft Lip & Palate Surgery in India?
Richardson’s Dental and Craniofacial Hospital, Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu, is known to be the best hospital for cleft lip and palate surgery in India owing to their vast experience in treating patients with cleft lip and palate. Choosing the right surgeon and the right hospital indeed makes all the difference as a major surgery like Cleft lip and palate not only enhances patient’s fundamental body parts but also their facial features.
Getting treated by someone who’s not only the best in their field but also has a team of experts under him and the most efficient staff to take care of your baby post-surgery is of utmost importance, which is why Dr. Sunil Richardson and his team of professionals are here to take care about you.