Read the latest articles of atlas of the oral and maxillofacial surgery clinics at sciencedirectcom elseviers leading platform of peer reviewed scholarly literature repair of the lip palate and alveolus edited by ge ghali volume 17 issue 2 pages 103 174 select article unilateral cleft lip and nasal repair the rotation . Fig 1 cleft lips come in a variety of configurations such that each repair must be customized to establish the most normal morphology a microform left unilateral cleft lip only not requiring primary repairb minor left incomplete unilateral cleft lip onlyc left incomplete unilateral cleft lip and palate with a simonarts bandd wide left complete unilateral cleft lip and palate. What is cleft lip and palate repair surgery cleft lip and cleft palate are among the most common birth anomalies affecting children in north america and worldwide the incomplete formation of the upper lip cleft lip or roof of the mouth cleft palate can occur individually or both defects may occur together. An oral and maxillofacial surgeon can repair both your childs lip and assess dental surgery if needed how will cleft palate affect my child if your child has a cleft palate or both a cleft lip and palate this is a more serious problem and requires more complex treatment to avoid developmental delay. Cleft lip and palate cleft lip surgery is usually performed by the time a baby is three months old by contrast a cleft palate often requires multiple surgeries over the course of 18 years the first surgery to repair the palate is usually performed by the time a baby is six to 12 months old
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