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  • Cleft Palate Repair

    Approximately 1 in 2,000 children born in the United States are born with a cleft palate.   A cleft palate with or without a cleft  lip is a congenital deformity (birth defect). At birth, we need to make sure the baby is able to feed without difficulty.  We also need to evaluate the child for any other abnormalities. Around 3 months of age a primary cleft lip and nasal repair is performed.

    Around 9-12 months of age, the cleft palate is repaired and ear tubes are placed.   Delaying cleft palate repair improves upper jaw growth but harms speech development.   Performing cleft palate repair at 9-12 months improves speech but harms upper jaw development.  Poorly developed speech is difficult to impossible to correct.  An underdeveloped upper jaw (maxilla) can be corrected with orthognathic surgery.

    When the permanent teeth begin to erupt, the alveolar cleft is treated with bone grafting from the hip. Finally, after skeletal development is complete, orthognathic surgery may be needed to correct any deficiency in midface (upper jaw) development. Finally, a rhinoplasty (nose job) is performed to correct any residual nasal deformities.

    Dr. Brown works with the multidisciplinary craniofacial team at Sacred Heart Hospital to make sure all of the child’s needs are met.

     

     

    “Primary cleft lip and nasal repair is arguably the most beautiful operation in all of plastic surgery and the result of the operation is a dramatic and lasting improvement of a child’s life. There is nothing I can do in this life where I can make such a big difference for someone in such a short amount of time.”

    – Dr. Ben Brown, Plastic Surgeon

     American patients and healthcare providers, myself included, often take for granted the power of modern medicine and surgery. Going on a medical mission is revitalizing because I get to experience taking care of patients in an unadulterated environment. In this pure environment, I am reminded how powerful my plastic surgery training is and the problems I can solve. It reminds me of the incredible good I can do as a plastic surgeon at both at home and abroad.
    – Dr. Ben Brown, Plastic Surgeon

     

     

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