Procedures and treatments

Preparing a child for a procedure or treatment can be an anxious occasion. Great Ormond Street Hospital have produced a number of factsheets to help explain what will happen and what to expect.

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Pharyngoplasty

Pharyngoplasty is an operation to change the shape and function of the soft palate and the area around it called the pharynx. This page explains about the pharyngoplasty operation and what to expect when your child comes to the North Thames Cleft Service for the operation.

Cleft lip repair

Cleft lip repair is an operation to reconstruct the shape of the lip and nose. If there is a cleft palate as well, then the front half (anterior) of the palate is also repaired. This information sheet explains about the operation to repair a cleft lip and what to expect when your child comes to the North Thames Cleft Service for the operation.

Buccinator flap operation

A buccinator flap operation aims to lengthen the soft palate. The surgeon moves some of the lining of the inside of the cheek on its blood supply to make the soft palate longer. This information sheet explains about the buccinator flap operation and what to expect when your child comes to the North Thames Cleft Service for the operation.

Alveolar bone grafts

The alveolus is the part of the bone that holds our teeth. The alveolus is made of alveolar bone. Some people with a cleft lip and palate can also have a cleft defect of the alveolus, where there is a gap in the alveolar bone. They sometimes also have a hole in the roof of their mouth which connects with their nose. This hole is called a fistula.

Food suggestions following cleft surgery

After cleft surgery, it is advisable to have a sloppy or soft diet for the first two weeks. Your child will find this more comfortable and it will reduce the risk of damage to the repair. Your child should be able to build up to their normal diet by the third week. This information sheet about suggested foods accompanies the cleft surgery information sheets produced by Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). 

Cleft palate repair

Cleft palate repair is an operation to repair defects of the hard and soft palate. This page explains about the operation to repair a cleft palate and what to expect when your child comes to the North Thames Cleft Service for the operation.