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Successful Correction of Primary Incomplete Cleft Lip Defect

Successful Correction of Primary Incomplete Cleft Lip Defect

A 3-months-old baby girl from Delhi was brought to our hospital. The parents complained about her deformed lip, nose and requested to correct the same. They were worried about their baby girl’s appearance.

The baby was diagnosed with incomplete cleft lip. Maxillofacial Surgeon Dr. S.M. Balaji planned to correct the lip and nose defect surgically. The primary cleft lip repair was done using modified Millard’s technique. Primary rhinoplasty was also done. The baby’s appearance improved greatly. Her parents were overjoyed to have the defect treated with negligible scar formation.

Unilateral Cleft Lip Correction Surgery – Dr. SM Balaji, Maxillofacial Surgeon, India

Unilateral Cleft Lip Correction Surgery – Dr. SM Balaji, Maxillofacial Surgeon, India

Baby boy is born with a unilateral cleft lip and palate:

This baby boy is the grandson of a famous merchant in Bangalore, Karnataka. He was born with a severe form of unilateral cleft lip and palate. There was a wide cleft space with ill developed segments.

Balaji Dental and Craniofacial Hospital, a world-renowned cleft surgery centre:

The family searched far and wide for the best cleft surgeon in India. They made enquiries all over the country, including all metro cities. Friends too joined in the search for the best hospital. One friend finally zeroed in on Balaji Dental and Craniofacial Hospital in Chennai. Further enquiries revealed it to be a world-renowned centre for cleft correction. The parents then made discreet enquiries about the hospital. Once satisfied, they presented at our hospital for repair of the cleft deformity. Dr SM Balaji, Cranio-maxillofacial surgeon, examined the baby. He decided to perform a modified Millard’s Technique to repair this baby’s cleft lip defect. Dr Balaji explained this to the parents in detail. The parents consented to the operation.

Perfect adaptation of the cleft halves of the upper lip:

A modified Millard’s technique leads to less scarring. It also gives better functional and esthetical results. Customization of the approach depends upon the degree of cleft and muscular involvement. Being ambidextrous (the ability to work with both hands) is an advantage for this surgery. A modified Millard’s flap was first employed. The C flap was then used to recreate the nasal sill while the M flap was next used to create the floor of the nose. All tissues were well used in the reconstruction and there was no tissue wastage. There was a perfect adaptation of the two halves of the cleft.

Need for further surgeries explained to the parents:

The need for further surgeries was then explained to the parents. This would be necessary for the complete rehabilitation of the baby’s deformities.

Surgery Video

Primary cleft lip repair for a child with unilateral cleft lip and palate

Primary cleft lip repair for a child with unilateral cleft lip and palate

A Baby with Unilateral Cleft Lip and Palate

A 3-month old baby boy born with unilateral cleft lip & palate was brought to our hospital by his parents seeking the best treatment for cleft lip and palate. The parents were greatly disturbed on seeing their firstborn son’s condition.

Primary cleft lip repair

Maxillofacial Surgeon Dr. S.M. Balaji performed the primary repair surgery for unilateral cleft lip using Modified Millard’s technique. Following surgery, the baby appeared to be like any other baby of his age with minimal to no scar. The parents were overjoyed with the results. Consecutively cleft palate correction surgery will be done at a later date.

Primary lip repair for unilateral cleft lip and palate

Primary lip repair for unilateral cleft lip and palate

Unilateral Cleft Lip Repair

A 3-month old baby girl born with wide unilateral cleft lip & palate was brought to our hospital by her parents seeking the best treatment for cleft lip and palate. The parents were greatly perturbed by their baby girl’s condition.

Maxillofacial Surgeon Dr. S.M. Balaji performed the primary unilateral cleft lip repair surgery using Modified Millard’s technique. Following surgery, the baby appearance improved greatly and looked like any other baby of her age with minimal to no scar. The parents were overjoyed with the results. Consecutively cleft palate correction surgery will be done at a later date.