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Treatment of cleft

The most important part of the cleft treatment is a high-quality surgery, which should take place as soon as possible after birth! So act now!

If the lip and palate are affected, two surgeries are essential: The first surgery, for the cleft lip, at 4 to 6 months of age, the second surgery, for the cleft palate, at 12 months of age.

Severe cases of cleft often require further treatment. Additional surgeries might be necessary during childhood and adolescence.

Further, comprehensive care like dental or orthodontic treatment as well as speech therapy is often required. Our cleft teams will provide detailed information about the treatment. This website provides introductory information only!

For further information and in order to take medical decisions please consult a doctor, for example at one of our Cleft Africa partner hospitals!