All babies with cleft lip and palate can have cleft lip and palate surgery to restore function and a more normal appearance. Cleft lip and palate surgical repair is most often done in stages. Some of the surgeries will be done when your child is very young and some when your child is older and more developed. Some surgeries may not be done until he is a teenager. Surgeries are planned to occur with your child’s facial growth.
Your child’s craniofacial surgeon at Children’s will explain what types of surgery your child may need and when they may occur.