Smile Train Meenakshi Hospital Thanjavur

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Cleft deformities are second most common congenital deformity world wide. It can range from a minor deformity involving only lip to a major deformity involving palate and mid face.

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Cleft deformities are the second most common congenital deformity worldwide. It can range from a minor deformity involving only the lip to a major deformity involving palate and mid face. The deformity negatively affects the person by causing psychological trauma and functional disabilities. Fortunately, cleft deformities can be surgically corrected at any age.

Many interventions, surgical and non-surgical, maybe required from birth till adulthood in treating a cleft patient. Counseling the parents soon after birth of the baby, explaining the nature of deformity, the need for timely intervention and the hope of complete recovery, are necessary to allay their fears. Timely intervention is one of the most important factors in getting optimal results.

Sometimes, cleft deformities can co-exist with anomalies involving other body parts. Furthermore, problems encountered in feeding a child with cleft palate may lead to gross undernourishment. Hence, a coordinated multidisciplinary management of cleft deformities is absolutely essential.

Smile Train is a New York-based NGO with a sustainable approach to a single, solvable problem cleft lip and palate (Visit: Meenakshi Hospital’s partnership with The Smile Train since 2015 has enabled us to provide a comprehensive care free of cost for patients with cleft deformity. We provide nutritional support and travel allowance for the needy. We have successfully created 500 smiles so far and are still counting.

Treatments & Procedures

  • Nutritional counseling and regular growth monitoring
  • Other associated organ anomaly scans and screening
  • Free cleft lip and cleft palate surgery
  • Free correction of secondary cleft lip and nasal deformity
  • Pediatric consultation
  • Speech therapy
  • Nutritional support and travel allowance for the needy

Surgical timeline

  • Cleft lip surgery (Cheiloplasty) > 3 months of age
  • Weight > 6 kgs
  • Haemoglobin > 10.0 gms%
  • Cleft palate surgery (Palatoplasty) > 10 months of age
  • Alveolar bone grafting: Age appropriate depending on the development of dentition

Secondary procedures

These are surgeries done to improve cases with unsatisfactory results from previous operations or re-done procedures for failed surgeries at any age. Examples include Palatal fistula, scar revision and correction of deformed noses for cleft lip patients (Rhinoplasty). Millions of children around the world are suffering from untreated clefts. Most cannot eat or speak properly and are not allowed to attend school or hold a job. We are helping such children lead a normal life. Join us in this noble cause by referring / sending such babies / children / adults to us.

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