Adults who have had corrective cleft lip/palate surgery as children often continue to experience speech, dental, or appearance-related complications or concerns. Adults born with a cleft lip and/or palate may require ongoing treatment despite having undergone surgery as children, teenagers and young adults. The healthcare of adults born with a cleft can sometimes be neglected because they are no longer monitored within the U.K. cleft service (Cleft treatment pathway) after the age of
Cleft lip and palate are the most common congenital anomalies of the face and skull, affecting approximately one in newborns in the U.S. Infants with cleft lip have variable degrees of change in the appearance of the lip and nose depending on whether or not the gums and palate are involved. If you have any questions about this recording or its content, please email [email protected].. Physical Wellbeing Q & A. On the 10th August , our Adult Services Manager, Kenny, discussed the findings of new research on the topic of ‘Cleft and Physical Wellbeing’, covering adults’ concerns with breathing, hearing, speech, eating and drinking, as well as the difficulties some adults.
Cleft palate repair surgery takes place in an operating room with the infant under general anesthesia. The surgeon makes incisions on both sides of the cleft, then rotates the muscles and tissues and brings them together to close the cleft. Finally, the cleft is stitched with dissolving stitches. Treatments currently available to infants and children with cleft lip and palate are also available to adults with clefts. Although every attempt is made to complete cleft care by the late teens, some ongoing treatment still may be required or some unmet patient need may become apparent in .