Cleft Lip and Palate and Associated Anomalies
Facial clefting is hereditary, and while exact causes of the deformity remain unknown, a variety of factors including genetics and environment can play a role in its development. But regardless of the cause, the most important thing that Dr. Rousso, Dr. Bernstein and the entire cleft team at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE) emphasize is that it is never a parent’s fault that their child was born with a cleft and that we are always here to help through the entire process.
The cleft lip and cleft palate is not simply an esthetic deformity. It can impact hearing, breathing, speech and swallowing, which is why a high quality interdisciplinary approach is required for treatment of the child with cleft lip and palate. This means that a reputable center with a team of different specialists, each of whom can take care of specific needs, is the best option. Often surgery is just the first step in the treatment of a cleft lip and palate child. As a result, a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan should begin early after birth and the child consistently followed thereafter to address any problems that may develop as the child continues to grow.
At NYEE our facial plastic and reconstructive surgery specialists understand the challenges of treating cleft cases. Our center handles everything from the most basic deformities to the most complex reconstructions, which is why our team consists of a variety of specialists that treat everything from the surgical correction of the cleft to the therapy necessary for improved speech and feeding. Using a customized treatment plan along with the latest surgical techniques and technology we produce the highest-level cosmetic and functional results of both the lip and nose at the same time.
Lear more about Cleft Lip and Palate as well as treatment options for a cleft lip and palate child.