Adults born with a cleft lip and/or palate may require ongoing treatment despite having undergone surgery as children, teenagers and young adults. The healthcare of adults born with a cleft can sometimes be neglected because they are no longer monitored within the U.K. cleft service (Cleft treatment pathway) after the age of Adults who have had corrective cleft lip/palate surgery as children often continue to experience speech, dental, or appearance-related complications or concerns.
Many adults with a cleft will not be under the care of an NHS Cleft Team. You may have already been discharged when you were , or maybe your treatment took place before the Cleft Teams existed. Whatever the reason, you are entitled to treatment for issues caused by your cleft no matter your age. CLAPA is the only UK-wide voluntary organisation specifically helping those with, and affected by, cleft lip and palate. It is unique. There are two main treatment options open to adults concerned about their appearance: surgical, dental &/or orthodontic treatment, or therapeutic input.
After hours, on weekends or holidays, call () Ask to speak with the plastic surgeon on call. Follow-Up Appointments. For follow-up appointments at the Cleft Lip and Palate Center, call () 2 weeks_____ 3 weeks_____ Feeding Guidelines After Palate Surgery. The conditions of cleft lip and cleft palate may occur separately or together. Correction of lip clefts involves the closing of the cleft, and is typically performed on infants at age 3 months. Repair of a cleft lip palate usually happens later, at 9 to 12 months of age.