After satisfactory induction of general anesthesia, two costochondral rib grafts were obtained from the patient. The wound was then closed in layers after ascertaining patency of the pleural cavity through the positive pressure ventilation test. Following this, mucogingival and palatal flaps were raised on the left side of the patient’s maxillary region at the region of the alveolar cleft defect. Costochondral rib grafts were shaped and crafted to fit into the area of bony defect and fixed with screws. Attention was next turned to the collapsed columella. A costochondral rib graft that had been shaped to precisely fit into the columella was inserted along the length of its base and stabilized in place with sutures. This lifted up the collapsed columella of the nose and set right the deformity to the left nostril. The palatal and the mucogingival flaps were then closed with sutures and the patient recovered uneventfully from general anesthesia.
The patient expressed her happiness to Dr. Balaji for setting right the deformity to her nose and her parents expressed their gratitude to Dr. Balaji for enabling an improvement in the aesthetic as well as functional quality of life for the patient.