Reconstructive surgery for clefts has evolved over more than half a century and today's techniques and procedures have come a long way. Most experts agree that cleft lips should be treated within the first three to six months after birth. Cleft palates typically can be operated on between seven and eighteen months. Most children with clefts in developed countries undergo a series of surgeries as they grow up. Depending on the severity of their clefts and other factors, a child could undergo between 5 – 15 surgeries during his/her first 20 years.
The following resources are available to help parents and their children prepare for cleft lip/palate surgery physically, emotionally and mentally.
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