Cleft Lip and Palate

Cleft Lip and Palate

Our pediatric plastic surgeons treat cleft lip and palate, craniofacial syndromes, facial nerve palsy, hand and wrist problems and other differences.

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Our multidisciplinary team at the Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, cares for children born with cleft lip, cleft palate, and cleft lip and palate. Dr. Donald Mackay, Dr. Thomas Samson and Dr. Cathy Henry surgically correct cleft lip and palate.

At a typical Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic visit your child may see pediatric specialists in:

  • Orthodontics
  • Speech Pathology
  • Dentistry
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Audiology
  • General Pediatrics

All of these specialists work together to provide excellent, comprehensive care for children with complex clinical problems. Some of the conditions we treat include:

  • Pierre Robin sequence (several facial and jaw abnormalities present at birth)
  • 22 q deletion syndrome (called by many other names, this is when a tiny bit of genetic material is missing from part of chromosome 22)
  • Congenital trismus (when a baby is born with limited mouth movement or “lockjaw”)
  • Retrognathia (receding jaw; can be top, bottom or both jaws)
  • Macroglossia/Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome (unusually large tongue)
  • Macrostomia facial cleft characterized by an unusually wide mouth)

Cleft care goes beyond the lip and/or palate repair. For many, care continues into adulthood. Our doctors are trained to provide the surgical care that your child will need each step of the way. We offer many kinds of surgeries, including:

  • Cleft lip and palate repair
  • Alveolar bone grafting (adds bone to the gum ridge)
  • Cleft lip nasal surgery
  • Palatal lengthening for VPI (to improve contact between the soft palate and the back of the throat)
  • Orthognathic (jaw) surgery
  • Distraction osteogenesis (slowly moving apart two sections of bone so new bone will grow between them)

The Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic, which started in 1939, is the longest freestanding multidisciplinary clinic of its kind. It has served as the model for similar clinics in the U.S. and around the world.