A cleft lip, cleft palate, or both, can be devastating news to a new parent. Fortunately, clefts of the lip and palate are conditions that can be treated with early surgery in order to minimize any long-term functional or cosmetic defect.
Cleft lip and palate are estimated to occur in approximately 1:1000 births in the United States, but this can vary depending on ethnicity and other genetic factors. There are a number of important issues to consider in taking care of children born with cleft lip and/or cleft palate.
C left lip surgery usually takes place when your child is around 3 months old. Shortly after birth, Dr. Hall will examine your child and determine whether orthodontic treatment (called NAM or Nasal-Alveolar-Molding) will be beneficial to help narrow the cleft and improve the functional and cosmetic outcome. If so, he will refer you to a pediatric dentist to begin treatment.
Cleft palate surgery typically occurs when your child is 9 months to a year old. This allows the small muscles of the palate to grow and develop, making it easier to restore the normal anatomy of the palate. Cleft palate surgery is done before your child begins to speak in order to allow him to learn the normal ways to produce sounds, which can prevent the development of abnormal speech patterns as he/she gets older.
If you have any questions about cleft lip or cleft palate surgery, or would like to meet with Dr. Hall to discuss options for your child, call (865) 973-9500 or use our contact form and request an appointment. For out of town patients, feel free to request an online consult via Skype.
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Complimentary Phone Consultation
Schedule a complimentary phone consultation with one of our knowledgeable surgical consultants who are trained by Dr. Jason Hall. They will answer many of your questions, discuss pricing, and happily schedule you an in-person consultation with Dr. Hall if you are a good surgical candidate.
To reserve your in-person consultation with Dr. Hall, you will be charged a $100 consultation fee. Should you decide to move forward with surgery, this fee will be applied to your surgical procedure.
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Preparations & Surgery Day
After you reserve your surgery date, Dr. Hall and his team will make sure you are well informed and prepared for your big day. Preparation is a very important part of your plastic surgery journey.
The post-op phase is an important time of healing and recovering so you can enjoy your amazing results and your improved quality of life that you have envisioned.
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