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Cleft Lip Repair: Treatment, Cost and Side Effects

What is the Cleft Lip Repair? How is the Cleft Lip Repair treatment done? Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?) Who is not eligible for the treatment? Are there any side effects? What are the post-treatment guidelines? How long does it take to recover? What is the price of the treatment in India? Are the results of the treatment permanent? What are the alternatives to the treatment?

What is the Cleft Lip Repair?

Cleft lip is a condition where a child is born with a split in their upper lip, which may extend all the way to the base of the nose. Even though the condition does not cause any physical problems or issues, it hampers the overall appearance of a person. This is why people opt for treatment of the condition.

The condition is not that uncommon and several newborn children suffer from a cleft lip. The cause of the condition is unknown, but doctors hypothesize that the disorder takes place when not enough tissue material is present to fill out the gap in the upper lip, while the child is still inside the womb of the mother. Another possible cause may be the medication that the mother is on during the pregnancy. Some of these drugs may lead to cleft lip after the child is born.

Children suffering from a cleft lip may face difficulty while eating or drinking, which can lead to complications. The condition may often causer hearing issues as well, along with dental problems. Finally, since the upper lip is not fully formed for such individuals, people with a cleft lip may suffer from speech disorders a s well.

How is the Cleft Lip Repair treatment done?

A cleft lip surgery is the primary process through which treatment for the condition can be sought. Usually, a team of doctors will need to be consulted regarding the treatment. For instance, a plastic surgeon, oral surgeon, an otolaryngologist and a dentist are some of the major doctors that need to associated with the treatment for the condition.

Usually, a single surgery is conducted for repairing the issue on the upper lip. However, more surgical procedures may be required if the cleft lip is quite significant. In case of two surgeries, the first will be performed when the baby is at least 3 months old. The child is put under general anaesthesia, but doctors go the extra mile and use local anaesthesia at the region of surgery as well. This is done to increase the numbness ranging from the general anaesthesia.

While this surgery can be performed at any point of time, for the best results doctors prefer performing it between the ages of 3 and 6 months.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

Children that are born with a cleft lip are eligible for the surgery. The level of and depth of the cleft also determines whether treatment is crucial. Many people with mild cleft choose to remain without undergoing the surgery throughout their lives, however the treatment is vital in case of severe cleft formations.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

People who suffer from other conditions that may disfigure the face, should not seek the surgery for cleft repair. If the damage is caused to the palette, there are separate treatment procedures for it and patients should not undergo cleft lip repair.

Are there any side effects?

Although there are no substantial side effect of the surgery, there is always a risk of facing unforeseen issues after the operation has been completed. For instance, patients may experience the stitch coming off or excess bleeding from the spot. Other side effects from the surgery may include, breathing problems, infection of the sight and difficulty in drinking liquid items.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

Once the surgery has been completed, parents must maintain proper nutrition of the child. Doctors claim that breast milk during the recuperation helps the child heal from the after effects of the procedure. Furthermore, care must be taken of the sutures put in place on the upper lip region. This care generally involves using a cotton swab and diluted hydrogen peroxide to wash the stitches. Aside from this, application of topical antibiotic lotion on the spot of surgery is also recommended.

How long does it take to recover?

If the surgery succeeds, recovery may not take long. However, if a single surgery is unable to rectify the condition, a second surgery may be needed at a later point of time. At any rate, recovery does not take long, even though the scarring may remain for a long time after the surgery. In some cases, the scar may remain for the rest of life.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

Price for the treatment may differ from one place to the other. However, the cleft lip surgery usually takes anywhere between Rs. 1,80,000 and Rs. 3,00,000. If a second surgery is required for complete removal of the cleft lip.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

Results of the treatment are permanent, as the split in the upper lip is rectified with the surgery.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

Popular Questions & Answers

My sister is pregnant with 19 weeks. She done her sonography at 19 weeks 3 days in that she came to know that child has a major bilateral cleft lip and palate defect. Right is 5 mm and left is 3 mm. Hard and soft palate are almost missing. Can this defect repaired till she complete her 9 months? If not can she then abort her child at this stage? please advise.

DNB (Obstetrics and Gynecology), DGO, MBBS Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
Gynaecologist, Delhi
Repair will be done after the baby turns 1 years old. Too late to abort. It will be risky and the law doesn't allow abortion after 20 weeks.
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How to repair hairfall and how to maintain body and tooth and back pain and body pain? L.

MDS - Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Dentist, Chennai
Brush your teeth twice a day, up & down short vertical strokes, with ultra-soft bristles, indicator brush. Floss your teeth inter dentally once a day. Tooth brush to be changed every 2 months. Consume a healthy diet rich in vegetables and lean pro...
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My wife is 5 month pregnant, Dr. inform me that baby has cleft lip and palate. What is the solution during pregnancy?

MS - Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Gynaecologist, Delhi
Cleft lip and cleft palate need surgical repair .clept lip can be repaired at 3 months and cleft palate 6-12 months.
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Dear sir/Mam My front teeth has broken in an accident. Now, there is huge pain. So please guide me, what should I have do for repair my tooth and losing pain.

Dentist, Vadodara
You can take painkillers thrice a day n apply ice pack on the upper lip area outside your teeth for temporary relief. You have to get your teeth x ray to access the damage. The pain can be due to trauma to the surrounding tissue which will subside...

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