Cleft Palate or Cleft Lip in Pompano Beach, Coral Springs, Fort Lauderdale, FL

A cleft palate and cleft lip are the most common birth defect in the world. Cleft palate effects about one in 2,000 babies and cleft lip effects about one in 1,000. This can occur when the sides of the roof of the mouth or the lips are unable to meld together in the embryonic stages of development. Doctors are unsure of what causes this birth defect, but there are surgeries that can repair cleft palate and cleft lip, usually conducted between 12-18 months of age.

Cleft Palate

A cleft palate occurs in either or both the roof of the mouth or the uvula. The cleft palate is usually accompanied by feeding, speech, and hearing difficulties because the baby is unable to swallow normally. It can also be a risk factor for ear and sinus infections and teeth problems. In addition to the traditional surgery, more surgery may be required to fully improve this condition.

Cleft Lip

A cleft lip occurs when the upper lip doesn’t fully meld together, often causing one or two fissures, or clefts. These can be small and usually start at the base of the upper lip and ends at the nose. Although there is no way to stop cleft lip from occurring, it can easily be altered with plastic surgery.  Dr. Lapco’s Pompano Beach office is located in Broward County just 10 miles from Coral Springs and 12 miles from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.