Cleft Lip and Palate issues are discovered at birth
Repair requires removal of excess skin through a lower abdominal wall incision, possible liposuction to selected areas, and tightening of rectus muscles. Time 2-4 hrs.
Hospital, general anesthesia, 1-2 day hospital stay.
Moderate surgical discomfort, bruising, swelling, numbness of the abdominal wall skin, and a permanent lower abdominal and periumbilical scar is expected.
Although uncommon, infection, bleeding, delayed healing, skin loss, poor scarring, phlebitis and blood clots are complications that can prolong recovery or necessitate a return to surgery.
Our patients wear a supporting garment or girdle for 3-4 weeks to encourage good wound healing and minimize complications. Patients return to work and light physical activity at 2- 4 weeks and a normal exercise routine at 6 weeks. Most patients are tired for 3- 4 weeks after surgery. Scar maturation occurs in 18-24 months.