Worry and distress are words that describe what parents experience when their infant has been diagnosed with cleft lip (cheiloschisis) or cleft palate (palatoschisis). We understand the anxiety parents feel, especially when a very young child requires surgery. At Visage Surgical Institute, we have successfully treated many cases of cleft lip and cleft palate, helping children (and their parents) move forward to lead normal, happy lives.
First and foremost, your child’s safety and health is our top priority. Starting with your initial consultation, we make sure you’re familiar with the cleft lip repair (cheiloplasty) and/or cleft palate repair treatment in Ohio (palatoplasty) procedure, and know what to expect throughout the entire process.
As an oral and cosmetic facial surgeon who is certified by both the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS) and the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS), I highly recommend that parents seek cleft lip and cleft palate repair treatment in Ohio while children are infants to minimize scarring and prevent long-term complications as well as prolonged emotional distress
Delay in cleft lip and cleft palate repair treatment may result in the following complications:
- Speech Impairment —Speech results from creating particular sounds through the manipulation of your lips, tongue, and mouth. Leaving cleft palate or cleft lip untreated may result in difficulty forming sounds and/or delay normal speech development and elocution.
- Dental Development Issues — Cleft palate repair surgery would ideally take place before your infant begins teething to prevent possible dental complications. If left untreated, cleft palate could result in jaw and bite problems.
- Hearing Problems and Ear Infections —Ear infections are common amongst infants with cleft palate since the palate has not formed properly, resulting in an opening between the mouth and the nasal cavity. Because there is not an effective barrier, bacterial growth occurs, resulting in frequent ear infections and, over time, possible hearing loss.
- Emotional Issues — Delayed treatment means your child must cope with the stress and frustration created by having to endure frequent medical check ups with pediatric specialists. Also, children may sense tension and anxiety within the family surrounding the cleft lip/cleft palate condition.
I invite you to visit us to discuss your child’s cleft lip/cleft palate condition and the treatment options available to your family. Don’t put off this important procedure: contact Visage Surgical Institute today to schedule a private consultation with me at our Medina facility.