Cleft Lip and Palate Repair

Cleft lip and cleft palate are birth defects that occur when a baby’s lips or mouth haven’t properly formed.  St. Christopher’s Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery team uses advanced techniques that begin the process of correcting cleft and craniofacial (head and face) deformities within the first year of your child’s life. Whether deformities are congenital, developmental or the result of a trauma, St. Christopher’s multidisciplinary team approach encompasses the combined experience of plastic surgeons, neurosurgeons, oral surgeons, orthodontists, speech therapists, otolaryngologists and social service professionals. Specialists from the Section of Clinical Genetics and Dysmorphology and the Speech and Hearing Department also participate in the care of all of our cleft/craniofacial patients.

We provide a wide range of diagnostic, treatment and follow-up services, including:

  • Cleft lip and palate repair
  • Treatment of velopharyngeal incompetence — a disorder resulting in the improper closing of the soft palate muscle in the mouth during speech
  • Reconstruction and endoscopic (camera assisted) surgery  for craniosynostosis— a birth defect in which one or more of the joints between a baby's skull close prematurely
  • Surgery for complex facial disorders including facial clefts, underdeveloped facial areas, fibrous dysplasia (bone disorder) and other disorders
  • Ear reconstruction and management of microtia (small ear deformity)
  • Craniofacial dermoids — facial cysts
  • Encephaloceles—a rare birth defect in which a baby’s skull doesn’t close completely
  • Vascular malformations — abnormal clusters of blood vessels
  • Face and jaw tumors and trauma
  • Neurofibromatosis — a  genetic disorder that disturbs cell growth in the nervous system, causing tumors to form on nerve tissue
  • Orthognathic surgery (surgery of the jaws)
  • Dental and orthodontic treatment to help align teeth and treat gum problems
  • Speech and swallow therapy (treatment for speech and feeding disorders)
  • Audiology (hearing testing)
  • Distraction osteogenesis — a procedure for generating new bone in a gap between two bone segments
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (215) 427-5191.

Our Team

St. Christopher's has a qualified team of specialists who are trained to work with the individual and unique needs of infants and children. The Plastic Surgery Program team is led by Paul Glat, M.D.  To view a list of our specialists, click here.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (215) 427-5191 or click here to visit our other locations.