Cleft Lip and Palate Repair

Cleft Lip and Palate

Having a baby is an emotional experience, and unexpected health issues may be overwhelming. We want you to know that you did nothing to make the cleft lip and/or cleft palate happen. Cleft lip (cheiloschisis) and cleft palate (palatoschisis) are among the most common birth defects affecting children in the United States as well as around the world. It's important to seek professional help and advice, and to help you, we offer clinics throughout the year (see below).


A cleft, or separation of the upper lip and/or the roof of the mouth, occurs very early in the development of your unborn child. During fetal development, certain components of the upper lip and roof of the mouth fail to form normally. Plastic surgery can correct these through cleft lip and cleft palate repair.

Cleft lip and cleft palate repair is a type of plastic surgery that can restore your child's function and a more normal appearance. The repair improves your child's ability to eat, speak, hear and breathe while restoring a more normal appearance and function.

Cleft Lip and Palate Clinics at the Plastic Surgery Center

Cleft Lip and Palate

Early intervention by a team of specialists is essential in cleft lip and/or cleft palate repair. The team works together to define a course of treatment, including surgical repair of the cleft, speech rehabilitation and dental restoration. These specialists can meet with you at clinics throughout the year.

Clinics are held at the Plastic Surgery Center. These clinics are thru the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Clinics are for children birth and up. If you would like more information, please call Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs at 316-962-2021.

  • Clinic: Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 8:00 am (Children ages 7-21)
  • Clinic: Friday, April 14, 2017 at 8:00 am (Younger children)
  • Clinic: Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 8:00 am (Children ages 7-21)

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