Cleft Lip and Palate

What is a Cleft Lip and Palate Procedure?

Cleft lip and cleft palate are two of the most common birth defects in Australian children.

This results from the incomplete formation of the upper lip (cleft lip) or the roof of the mouth (cleft palate), leaving a gap. Both defects may form individually or together, on one or both sides of the face.

What Happens During a Cleft Lip or Palate Procedure?

These surgical procedures involve closing the gaps and stitching them shut. This may take between one and two hours.

Future assessment is usually required to evaluate speech and physical development as the child ages, though this varies from case to case.

Anaesthesia

Cleft lip and palate surgery is performed under general anaesthetic.

Potential risks

Possible risks include:

  • Asymmetry of the face
  • Follow-up surgery may be required
  • Bleeding
  • Infection

Dr Gillett previously served as President of both the Australasian Cleft Lip & Palate Association and the Asian Pacific Cleft Lip & Palate Craniofacial Congress.

Do you have a question about Cleft Lip and Palate Procedures?

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Cleft Lip and Palate Consultation with Dr Gillett​

Parents will have a chance to discuss their child’s surgery with Dr. Gillett for full peace of mind.